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Ballon d’Or 2022 results ‘leaked’ as Barcelona and Real Madrid players scoop all three awards 

Ballon d’Or 2022 results ‘leaked’ as Barcelona and Real Madrid players scoop all three awards 

The 2022 Ballon d’Or ceremony isn’t until Monday night, but the main award results have already been ‘leaked.’

The 30-player shortlist was announced in August, and it included several Premier League players.

After a difficult debut season at Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi was left off the shortlist for the first time since 2005.

Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, and Kevin De Bruyne were among the Liverpool and Manchester City players on the list.

Bukayo Saka was the only Premier League player nominated for the prestigious Kopa Trophy, while four English Premier League goalkeepers were nominated for the Yashin Trophy.

Messi won the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time last year, extending his lead over Cristiano Ronaldo.

Outside of Messi and Ronaldo, Luka Modric is the only player to have won the Ballon d’Or in the last 13 years. This year, however, Karim Benzema is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2022 award.

And it has already been ‘leaked’ that Benzema will be named this year’s Ballon d’Or winner. According to Marca, Benzema will face stiff competition from Sadio Mane, Kylian Mbappe, and Robert Lewandowski.

Benzema was instrumental in Real Madrid’s incredible Champions League victory last season.

He scored an incredible 15 goals in just 12 games, including hat-tricks against both PSG and Chelsea.

His goals also aided Real Madrid’s second La Liga title in three years. Thibaut Courtois, Benzema’s Real Madrid teammate, is also expected to be named the Yashin Trophy winner.

After making a number of incredible saves, the Belgian shot-stopper was named man of the match in the Champions League final victory over Liverpool.

It appears that Barcelona starlet Gavi will be named the Kopa Trophy winner, completing a clean sweep for La Liga.

Despite being only 18 years old, Gavi has already established himself as a key member of Barcelona’s starting lineup and is regarded as a future superstar.

Ballon d’Or 2022 results ‘leaked’ as Barcelona and Real Madrid players scoop all three awards 

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