Ballon d’Or 2022 top 5 Ranking – March 2022 favorites
The Ballon d’Or is football’s most coveted individual award. Only the best players in the game’s history have been able to take home the prestigious trophy.
The Ballon d’Or is given to the best performing footballer in a calendar year by the French news magazine France Football.
Last year, Lionel Messi set a new record by winning his seventh Ballon d’Or. The Argentine holds the record for the most wins in the award’s history.
Cristiano Ronaldo comes in second place with five Ballon d’Ors. Over the last decade and more, the duo has held a sort of duopoly over the award.
The winner of the Ballon d’Or is determined by a combination of votes cast by journalists, national team captains, and coaches.
Without further ado, here are the top five odds to win the Ballon d’Or this year.
5 Lionel Messi (Argentina/Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi struggled to get off to a good start at Paris Saint-Germain. Although he was sensational in the Champions League from the start, La Pulga needed some time to adjust to life in Ligue 1.
Messi, on the other hand, appears to be regaining his form since the turn of the year. In his last ten appearances for PSG in all competitions, he has 10 goal involvements, scoring three and assisting seven.
This season, he has seven goals and 11 assists in 23 appearances for PSG across all competitions.
Despite missing 11 league games due to various injuries, Messi currently has the most assists in Ligue 1.
4 Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid)
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has excelled in Real Madrid’s last two games in February.
He was relatively quiet in the Champions League against PSG, but that wasn’t entirely his fault because he was starved for service in that game.
Benzema scored one goal and assisted on two others as Real Madrid defeated Deportivo Alaves just a few days after losing to PSG.
He then scored the game’s only goal as Real Madrid defeated Rayo Vallecano.
This season, Benzema has been performing at a higher level. This season, he has 26 goals and 11 assists in 31 appearances for Real Madrid across all competitions.
Los Blancos have a six-point lead at the top, and Benzema’s extravagant contributions have propelled and kept them there.
3 Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich)
For several years now, Robert Lewandowski has been in incredible goal-scoring form.
Based on how he’s begun 2022, there’s nothing to suggest that this year will be any different.
Many supporters believe that Lewandowski should have won the Ballon d’Or in 2021.
Almost everyone agrees that the Polish international was robbed of the award in 2020 because it was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lewandowski scored five goals in five games for Bayern Munich in February. In Europe’s top five leagues, he is the most prolific goalscorer.
In 33 appearances for Bayern Munich in all competitions, the 33-year-old has scored 39 goals and provided three assists.