Ballon d’Or results LIVE: Winners revealed as Karim Benzema beats Sadio Mane and Kevin De Bruyne to reach out

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Karim Benzema has won the Men’s Ballon d’Or, becoming the second player outside of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to receive the award in the past 15 years. Benzema won the trophy after leading Real Madrid to the double LaLiga and Champions League last season, scoring a remarkable 44 goals in 46 appearances for the Spanish club.

Benzema finished ahead of Sadio Mane, Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski at the ceremony in Paris to cap a sensational year for the France international, as he followed Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric through Messi and Ronaldo’s domination of the greatest individual to break the price of football.

Previously, Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas became the first two-time winner of the Ballon d’Or Feminin after taking home consecutive awards. England and Arsenal forward Beth Mead, who was the top scorer at Euro 2020, finished second, ahead of Chelsea striker Sam Kerr. Barcelona midfielder Gavi won the Kopa trophy for best young player, while Thibaut Courtois won the Yashin trophy for best goalkeeper.

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Karim Benzema wins the Ballon d’Or

Karim Benzema has won the Men’s Ballon d’Or, becoming the second player outside of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to receive the award in the past 15 years. Benzema won the trophy after leading Real Madrid to the double LaLiga and Champions League last season, scoring a remarkable 44 goals in 46 appearances for the Spanish club.

Benzema finished ahead of Sadio Mané and Kevin De Bruyne at the ceremony in Paris to crown a sensational year for the French international. He followed his Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric by breaking Messi and Ronaldo’s dominance of football’s biggest individual prize.

The 34-year-old is also the oldest Ballon d’Or winner since Stanley Matthews won the inaugural award in 1956, as well as the first French winner of the award since Zinedine Zidane in 1998. Zidane, who has dubbed Benzema over two spells at Real Madrid, was in Paris to present the attacker with the prize.

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Ballon d’Or: Karim Benzema wins the Ballon d’Or!

This is a great way to illustrate the rise of Benzema. After years of supporting roles and not even being nominated when Real Madrid were among the best teams in Europe, this is quite a leap.

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Ballon d’Or: Karim Benzema wins the Ballon d’Or!

There are emotional scenes when Benzema invites his mother and then son to the stage in Paris.

It is a special night not only for Benzema, but also for French football as he becomes the fifth player in the country to win the award.

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Ballon d’Or: Karim Benzema wins the Ballon d’Or!

The top four of the standings are confirmed, with Sadio Mane in second, Kevin De Bruyne in third and Robert Lewandowski in fourth.

It comes as a video tribute played for Benzema, with praise from Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho.

“He’s getting better with age,” Ancelotti says of his captaincy.

Incredibly, at 34, Benzema is the oldest Ballon d’Or winner since Stanley Matthews won the first Ballon d’Or in 1956.

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Ballon d’Or: Karim Benzema wins the Ballon d’Or!

Zidane opens the envelope and declares that he is the winner of the Ballon d’Or… Karim Benzema!

A special moment for Benzema, who is closing a brilliant year by becoming the first French winner of the Ballon d’Or since Zidane in 1998.

“Karim, Karim, Karim”, shouts the crowd in Paris!

“This award that I have in front of me makes me proud of the work I have done from a young age.” Benzema says. “I had the motivation, I had two role models in my life, Zidane and Ronaldo. I always had the dream in my head that anything was possible.

“There were difficult periods when I wasn’t in the French team, but I kept working hard. I am really proud of my journey here. It wasn’t easy, it was hard. It was also difficult for my family. To be here today, I’m just really happy. I want to thank my teammates.”

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But now we are on our way to the final prize, which will be presented by the last French player to win the Ballon d’Or: Zinedine Zidane.

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Ballon d’Or – Manchester City win Club of the Year

And now it’s time for the last prize of the evening. Luis Figo, a former winner in 2000, will present the prize before 2022. “The king of dribbling,” explains Drogba.

Oh, not quite there yet. First we get the ‘Club of the Year’ award and it is presented to Manchester City after winning their fourth Premier League title. A bit of a surprise, because I expected Real Madrid to win that.

City had six Ballon d’Or nominees, beating Liverpool and Real Madrid to the honour, which is collected by Kevin De Bruyne and Ederson.

De Bruyne: “I’ve been working there for eight years and we try to play in the right way, in a way that would inspire children to play. We’ve won a lot, not quite the Champions League yet, but we’re proud of how we play.”

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So there are still four names left for the men’s prize: Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski.

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Ballon d’Or: Thibaut Courtois wins Yashin Trophy!

Here is the ranking for the Yashin Trophy:

1st: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

3rd: Ederson (Manchester City)

4th: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)

5th: Mike Maignan (AC Milan)

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Ballon d’Or: Thibaut Courtois wins Yashin Trophy!

A well-deserved accolade for Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was man of the match when his team defeated Liverpool in the Champions League final. Of all the clean sheets he kept last season, stopping Liverpool in the 1-0 win was by far the most important. Courtois is without a doubt the best goalkeeper in the world right now.

Sebastian Haller, who finished 13th in the Ballon d’Or and is in Paris, hands Courtois the trophy. De Beglian finished ahead of Alisson, Edouard Mendy, Mike Maignan and Ederson to win the award.

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