Article: Who Could Win the 2022 Ballon d’Or?

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By Jonathan Lewis | 7th Oct 2022

Football is the most popular sport in the world, which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. When you look at the sport, there is just so much to be enjoyed; the unpredictable nature of the game, the quality of the players, and the sense of community, among many other things.

However, it is the star players that truly attract fans to the sport. Without these amazing professionals, the sport wouldn’t be as great as it is. What’s more, every year, a new set of players look to take the world stage and show off their talents.

So in 2022, what players have been most impressive? Of course, the best player of the year will be awarded the coveted Ballon d’Or. This is one of the most prestigious trophies in the sporting world, and this year there is no clear winner in line. With that being said, here are the players who will be spending the rest of the year fighting for this amazing individual trophy.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema has been one of the best players in the world for quite some time now. However, like a lot of other players, he was never really in the Ballon d’Or picture. This was largely down to the domination of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Following Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid, however, Benzema stepped up to the plate. Now, he is one of the most prolific goal scorers on the planet.

With Champions League and La Liga winners medals this year for the French forward, it is safe to say he has had some success this year. As well as topping a number of goal-scoring charts, he looks to be in pole position to win the trophy. A great World Cup with France, and the award will belong to him.

If you don’t feel confident backing Benzema for the Ballon d’Or with your bets, you may be disappointed; you won’t find many more players worthy of your wagers. If that’s the case and you’re suffering from the sports betting jitters, you might find more entertainment gambling outside of the World Cup, such as table games. An easy and very common one among the favorites is baccarat, which is even available at SlotsLV as well as many other casino platforms. This classic game is simple and based on luck, not skill, and comprises betting on which of these three propositions will win: the Bank, Player, or Tie.

Kylian Mbappe

There is truly no doubt that Kylian Mbappe is one of the finest football players in the modern game. Still only young in his career, the talent of the PSG forward is undoubted. The best defenders in the world are struggling to deal with his pace and flair, with his goal-scoring ability just being the icing on the cake.

He enjoyed a successful season with PSG, securing another French league title. However, he will look to retain the World Cup with France this winter. If he is able to do that and have a stand-out tournament, then he could claim the trophy over French teammate Benzema.

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane was a massive part of Liverpool’s success over recent years. Although a lot of the headlines went to teammate Mohamed Salah, there was no denying Mane was a critical part of that frontline. He helped Liverpool win both domestic cups in 2022. As well as this, his individual performances were off the charts, and he helped them push for another Premier League title.

Mane also has already enjoyed some international success this year as well. He was able to claim the African Cup of Nations at the start of the year with Senegal. As well as this, he also led them to the World Cup finals, beating Egypt in the play-off. There isn’t much Sadio Mane has done wrong this year. If he is able to have a very strong end to the year with his new club Bayern Munich, as well as a good performance at the Word Cup, he is still in contention for this elusive award.

Robert Lewandowski

Similarly to Karim Benzema, Lewandowski has been one of the top players in the world for a long time now. However, his limelight was stolen by Messi and Ronaldo also. Despite being in his mid-30s, Lewandowksi is showing no signs of slowing down.

His calendar year has been full of goals and quality performances. A move to Barcelona in the summer did not stop his momentum too. He has continued to perform and is looking to finish the year strongly in the pursuit of his first Ballon d’Or.

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has been one of the best players in the world over the last couple of seasons. However, he is still yet to claim a Ballon D’or. An amazing start to the year was maintained right through, and he is still looking in good form heading into the final months of 2022. Still, a lack of major trophies and being absent from the World Cup will not benefit the Egyptian player. With a strong finish, though, you just never know!

Jonathan Lewis is an MFF sports writer

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