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Ballon d'Or 2022 winner: Karim Benzema to Robert Lewandowski, top contenders - In Pics

Ballon d'Or 2022 is set to be awarded in October at an official presentation ceremony, to the best player of Europe for the 2021-22 football season. The final contenders have been revealed for the prestigious award with Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema being the hot favourite. Take a look at the top ten contenders for winning the Ballon d'Or 2022. Shockingly, PSG stars Lionel Messi and Neymar are not in the top 30 contenders.

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

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Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Benzema is the likely winner for this award due to his heroic performances in the UEFA Champions League for Real Madrid and LaLiga. The French striker scored 44 goals in all competitions with 15 assists to his name in the 2021/22 season. (Image Source: Twitter)

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

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Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

The Senegal international left Liverpool for Bayern Munich at the end of the season but he had a stellar year with Liverpool winning the FA Cup and League Cup with the Reds. He scored 23 goals with 2 assists in his 51 appearances last season. (Image Source: Twitter)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

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Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Salah has been on top of his game for more than 2 years now and he's still going creating some magical moments for his club. The Egyptian scored 31 goals in 51 matches with 15 assists to his name last season. (Image Source: Twitter)

Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

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Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

The Real Madrid goalkeeper had a dream season last year with Real Madrid winning the double of UCL and LaLiga. He was influencial in the both competitions saving his team from trouble numerous times at the goal-line. (Image Source: Twitter)

Rafael Leao (AC Milan)

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Rafael Leao (AC Milan)

The Portuguese midfielder helped his club AC Milan win the Seria A title in the 2021-22 season. Rafael is just 23 years old and already making a name being in the list of top contenders for the Ballon d'Or 2022. (Image Source: Twitter)

 

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

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Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Kevin De Bruyne was influential when he was fit last season and he had a big say in Manchester City's title defense. The Belgium international scored 19 goals with 14 assists in his 45 matches for Man City last season. (Image Source: Twitter)

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

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Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

The French international had a stellar individual season with German club RB Leipzig as he scored 35 goals in 52 appearances providing 16 assists to his teammates in the 2021-22 season in all competitions. (Image Source: Twitter)

Heung Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur)

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Heung Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur)

The Korea Republic international has been on top of his game for the last two years now. Son has been a key part of the Spurs side and he scored 24 goals with 8 assists last season in the Premier League. (Source: Twitter)

 

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

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Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Robert Lewandowski is one of the top contenders for the Ballon d'Or and he will surely be in the top five as he displayed a ruthless season in front of goal for Bayern Munich before moving to FC Barcelona. The Poland international scored 50 goals in 46 matches with 6 assists to his name. (Image Source: Twitter)

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