His victory is not in doubt, and the votes have confirmed it. This Monday, Karim Benzema became the fifth French player to win the Ballon d’Or, after Raymond Kopa, Michel Platini, Jean-Pierre Papin and Zinedine Zidane. Soccer France unveiled this Friday the details of the votes obtained. The French striker tops the standings with 549 points. The second, Sadio Mané, is far behind with 193 points. This is the second biggest gap between the winner and his pursuer in the history of the Ballon d’Or, just behind Cristiano Ronaldo in 2016. It’s simple, only four countries have not placed Karim Benzema in first position , namely Egypt, Senegal, the Netherlands and Slovenia.
Full voting details for the Ballon d’Or 2022:
1. 🇬🇧 Karim Benzema: 549 points
2. 🇸🇳 Sadio Mané: 193 points
3. 🇧🇪 Kevin De Bruyne: 175 points
4. 🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah: 170 points
5. 🇵🇱 Robert Lewandowski: 116 points pic.twitter.com/by0wtcVheS
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Zidane votes Bellingham for the Kopa trophy
For the Kopa trophy, rewarding the best player under 21, Zinedine Zidane did not designate a Real Madrid player. At least not yet. Jude Bellingham, in the sights of Merengue, had the favor of the former French number 10, just ahead of Eduardo Camavinga. Nuno Mendes completes the podium of “ZZ”. As a reminder, the trophy was won by Gavi.
Karim Benzema finished well ahead of the Ballon d’Or votes. Only 4 countries did not place the French in first position, namely Egypt, Senegal, the Netherlands and Slovenia. The striker ends with the second biggest gap in history.