The 2022 Ballon d’Or Prize the ceremony is finally here, with the highly anticipated presentation of the prestigious award for another season, but with a twist. It is the first time that the prize is awarded based on the earnings of the last football season, as opposed to the past calendar year. The Ballon d’Or Prize ceremony will begin at 19:30 BSTat Theater du Chatelet in Paris.
Appropriately, in the French capital, Karim Benzema is the strong favourite, although he will face competition from the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe also in the mix. It will be the first time since 2005 that seven-time winner Leo Messi is not among the candidates, while Cristiano Ronaldo is on the list but has no chance of winning it.
The nominees parade on the red carpet of the Ballon d’Or 2022
The stars are already gathering at the Theater du Chatelet in Paris after making their way through the red carpet. Kevin de Bruyne and Sadio Mane, among others, are present, as is the favorite Karim Benzema.
All spotlights are on Karim Benzema. There are many, very many who believe that the Real Madrid player will be the winner of the Ballon d’Or at next Monday’s gala.
If so, he would become the fifth Frenchman to win it after Kopa, Platini, Papin and Zidane. The last Frenchman to win it was the last in 1998.