Karim Benzema of France and Real Madrid has been crowned the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner.
It is Benzema’s first Ballon d’Or, making him the first French player to do so since Zinedine Zidane in 1998.
France has has five distinct Ballon d’Or winners, the most of any country.
In 2021-22, Benzema scored 44 goals in 46 games to help Real Madrid win the Champions League and La Liga.
Alexia Putellas of Barcelona won the Women’s Ballon d’Or, which is presented to the greatest female footballer in 2022.
Manchester City, who had six candidates at the awards, was named Club of the Year, beating out Liverpool.
Real Madrid and Belgium shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois won the Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper, while Robert Lewandowski, who finished fourth in the top 10, received the Gerd Muller award for the best striker.
Sadio Mane of Senegal and Bayern Munich got the Socrates award for his humanitarian work, while Gavi of Barcelona and Spain won the KOPA trophy, which is given to the greatest young player in the world.
The Ballon d’Or is presented to the best footballer in the world for the 2021-22 season.
The France Football Award was awarded at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France, and was hosted by French-British TV journalist, show host, and presenter Sandy Heribert and Côte d’Ivoire and Chelsea icon Didier Drogba.