FIFA BALLON D'OR 2022: THIS IS KARIM BENZEMA'S YEAR

Football pundits are convinced that 2022 will likely be Karim Benzema's year to finally win the prestigious Ballon d'Or trophy. He is having a phenomenal season with Real Madrid, and the clamour for him to win the prize is starting to grow even if the awarding itself is still several months away.

Real Madrid need to score only just a single point from their remaining five games to claim the La Liga Santander title. This seems inevitable, and a league title coupled with the Spanish Super Cup will give Benzema a lot of leverage when it comes to the Ballon d'Or selection. On top of that, even if Real Madrid does not eventually win the UEFA Champions League, which they still can, the Frenchman has recorded some of his most outstanding performances to date in the competition.




BENZEMA: HAT-TRICK BOOSTS BALLON D'OR BID

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is an early frontrunner for this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or award after he scored a hat-trick against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League this week thus making him the first player to score successive Champions League hat-tricks since Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the feat at Real Madrid during the 2016/17 season.




RONALDO: HAT-TRICK BOOSTS BALLON D'OR BID

Cristiano Ronaldo has given his hopes of winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or for 2022 a big boost after he scored all the Manchester United goals in the recent league win over Tottenham Hotspur. Ronaldo was the main difference as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at home last weekend in a game of two teams fighting for a place in the top four as far as the Premier League log is concerned. Only a place in the Premier League top four will guarantee a place in next season’s Champions League campaign.




MANE BOOSTS BALLON D'OR BID

Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane has boosted his bid of winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or after he scored the only goal of the game to lead Liverpool to a 1-0 win at home to West Ham United in the Premier League.
Mane has had a good year till date and he's already an early contender to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is the reigning Ballon d'Or winner after winning each of the last two editions.




SALAH BOOSTS AWARD HOPES WITH GOALS

Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah is one of the early contenders to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for this year after his sensational start to the season. The Egyptian senior national team skipper would be hoping to go two better than the last time after he finished third behind Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in last year's edition of the FIFA Ballon d'Or award as revealed by the organisers last month. Poland international Lewandowski saw off Messi and Salah to win the award for the second year in a row.




LEWANDOWSKI BOOSTS FIFA AWARD HOPES

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has boosted his hopes of winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or award later this month after he hit a treble for his team during the away win over FC Koln in what was a German Bundesliga clash. Lewandowski increased his FIFA Ballon d'Or credentials with three goals to propel the Bavarian giants to a 4-0 win at the home of their opponents.

Robert Lewandowski is on the final three-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2021 in men's football alongside Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star Lionel Messi and Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah.




BURNLEY: RONALDO LEADS UNITED TO SUCCESS

Portugal international captain Cristiano Ronaldo was the star man as Manchester United bounced back from the disappointing 1-1 result at Newcastle United to beat Burnley who are in the bottom three as far as the Premier League table is concerned. The Clarets occupy the bottom three slots at the moment alongside bottom club Norwich City and Newcastle United. Manchester United were able to bounce back with a 3-1 victory as Ronaldo boosted his chances of winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or.




Remembering the greatest Ballon d’Or winners

An award which is presented to the world by French magazine France Football, winning the Ballon d’Or is widely regarded as the ultimate individual prize in the game of football.

This year’s winner, Lionel Messi, is one of the game’s greatest ever talents, but he isn’t alone in wowing audiences over the years. In fact, the beautiful game has been treated to some truly magnificent professionals since the award was established in 1956.

After all, to win the Ballon d’Or you have to be performing at the highest level on a consistent basis. Lionel Messi has done exactly that, especially after finally managing to guide Argentina to a momentous Copa América victory in July.




RONALDO BOOSTS AWARD HOPES AGAINST ARSENAL

Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of show as Manchester United came from behind to beat Arsenal 3-2 at home in the league. The Portuguese attacker scored a brace in the second half to lead Manchester United to an important win over the Gunners and alsoboost his hopes of winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or Award for this year.

Ronaldo had finished on the podium when the FIFA Ballond'Or Award for 2020 was handed out. The Manchester United talisman finished in second place behind 2020 FIFA Ballon d'Orrecipient Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich, while new Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi finished in third spot.




RONALDO BOOSTS BALLON D'OR AWARD HOPES

Manchester United talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has boosted his hopes of winning the FIFA Ballon D'or Award this year following his brace in the Champions League clash with Italian team Atalanta in midweek. Ronaldo scored twice in a 2-2 draw to boost his FIFA Ballon D'or Award hopes and drag the Red Devils closer to a place in the Champions League knockout stage in the process.

Ronaldo was second to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski during last year's FIFA Ballon D'or Award, while Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi completed the top three.




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