Benzema crowned with the second biggest gap in history, the first details of the votes

Four days after Karim Benzema was awarded the 66th Ballon d’Or in history, the first results of journalists’ votes began to filter through. And the French striker was crowned with the second biggest gap in the history of the trophy on his dolphin, the Senegalese Sadio Mané.

24 years after one of his idols, Zinedine Zidane, Karim Benzema was crowned Ballon d’Or on Monday, October 17, after the prestigious trophy award ceremony held at the Châtelet theater in Paris. A few days after the Real Madrid player’s consecration, the first elements on the extent of the Frenchman’s victory over his suitors are beginning to emerge.

“KB9” well ahead of Mané

If it will be necessary to wait a few more hours before knowing, in detail, the votes of the journalists, The Chiringuito reveals this Friday that “KB9” has largely outstripped its runner-up, the Senegalese Sadio Mané. Indeed, 356 votes separate the tricolor international and the Liverpool player, the second largest gap in the history of the Ballon d’Or. Only Cristiano Ronaldo had done better in 2016, importing him with a 429 vote difference over his rival Lionel Messi.

In total, the former Lyonnais, author of 44 goals in all competitions last season – in addition to his titles in La Liga and the Champions League – counts 549 votes in his favor. For its part, the Daily Mail reveals that Kevin de Bruyne, third in the standings, only missed second place by 18 votes. It’s even more for Robert Lewandowski, fourth just five lengths from the Belgian.

As a reminder, this year, the criteria for awarding the Ballon d’Or have undergone an overhaul. The “individual performances” and the “decisive and impressive character of the contenders” are the number 1 criterion, ahead of “the collective aspect and the trophies won” and “the player’s class and his sense of fair play”. The whole of the player’s career is no longer taken into account, to avoid the risks of a “preserve”, a fault of the past with 12 coronations shared between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in 13 years. The jury was also reviewed, with a tightening to 100 voters, journalists from the first 100 nations in the Fifa ranking (against 170 first), and 50 voters for the Women’s Golden Ball.

The votes concerning the top 10 of the Ballon d’Or

Karim Benzema – 549 votes

Sadio Mané – 193 votes

Kevin De Bruyne – 175 votes

Robert Lewandowski – 170 votes

Mohamed Salah – 116 votes

Kylian Mbappé – 85 votes

Thibaut Courtois – 82 votes

Vinicius Junior – 61 voices

Luka Modric – 20 voices

Erling Haaland – 18 voices

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