Real Madrid Star Benzema Wins 2022 Ballon d’Or

 

John Skilbeck
No longer a young man’s game?
With Benzema landing the award just two months before he turns 35, it is another example of the younger generation not yet doing enough to challenge the old guard.
The last player aged under 30 to win the Ballon d’Or was Messi, who took the 2015 award.
Kylian Mbappe might have been a reasonable shout this time around, if Paris Saint-Germain had not perished against Madrid and Benzema in last season’s Champions League, but the other serious challengers were on the top side of 30: the likes of Lewandowski, Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Next year is likely to be a different story, with Mbappe and Manchester City’s Erling Haaland surely pushing for the trophy. The World Cup could also be impactful on the 2022-23 vote, and Qatar 2022 might yet bring Benzema more glory with France.
Culled from Stadiumastro.com

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