KARIM BENZEMA has been named the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner in Spain, according to leaks.
The 34-year-old Frenchman was in the form of his life last season – inspiring Real Madrid to LaLiga and Champions League glory.
Benzema was top scorer in both competitions, with 27 in Spain and 15 in Europe.
His remarkable feat marks only the second time since Kaka’s triumph in 2007 that the Ballon d’Or has been won by a player whose name isn’t Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
Spanish newspaper Marca claim Benzema beat out competition from Sadio Mane, Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe to win the prestigious award.
Barcelona striker Lewandowski may be particularly upset that he missed out – having seen the award canceled in 2020 when he was preparing to win it.
Speaking to Vamos ahead of this year’s party, he said: “The Ballon d’Or will probably be won by Benzema…if they don’t cancel it.”
Last year’s gong was won by Messi following Argentina’s Copa America triumph.
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