Karim Benzema of the Real Madrid football club has won the 2022 Player of the Year Ballon d’Or award in Paris on Monday night.
The 34-year-old defeated Kevin De Bruyne, Sadio Mane and Robert Lewandoski to win the award.
The award was presented by former Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France.
Benzema was the top scorer in Spain’s La Liga and the UEFA Champions League in the 2021/22 season, as Real Madrid won both competitions.
A total of 12 of the last 13 winners have been named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, interrupted the hegemony in 2018.