Following the conclusion of Europe’s top five leagues (Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga) in May, Naijacrawl highlights the Ballon d’Or power rankings.
The winner of the Ballon d’Or 2022 will be announced later this year before the FIFA World Cup kickoff in Qatar.
Naijacrawl reports five players deserve to be in the Ballon d'Or top five following the conclusion of Europe’s major leagues and the UEFA Champions League, which saw Real Madrid clinch their 14th trophy after beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final in Paris on May 28.
In the last 30 days, football pundits, present and past players, present and past football managers, among others, have been vying for their preferred football star that should win the Ballon d’Or this year.
However, Naijacrawl brings you the top 5 players based on current form, achievements, and the player that got the most support from pundits, past and present managers, and football icons, among others, to win the prestigious individual award this year.
Naijacrawl observed that Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema topped the Ballon d’Or power ranking list in the last 30 days.
Benzema is ahead of Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on the list.
Below are the top five for the Ballon d’Or 2022 ranking:
1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – He won the UEFA Nations League, Supercopa de Espana, the Champions League trophy, and the LaLiga title. He also finished as the top goal scorer in both the Champions League and the LaLiga in the just-concluded season.
The France international netted 47 goals and registered 15 assists in all competitions for Real Madrid.
2. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – The Senegalese international won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), FA Cup, and Carabao Cup. He scored 29 goals and provided five assists for the Reds.
3. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – The Poland striker scored 56 goals and registered 11 assists in all competitions for Bayern. He won the European Golden Shoe, the Bundesliga title and the DFL-Supercup.
4. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – The Egyptian captain won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. He netted 33 goals and provided 19 assists across all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
5. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – The France international scored 48 goals and provided 31 assists in all competitions for PSG. He won the French Ligue 1 title and the UEFA Nations League.