The annual football awards ceremony was held in Paris in 2022, and the winners were Alexia Putellas and Karim Benzema.
After leading Barcelona to another Spanish title and scoring 18 goals, Putellas has maintained her status as the top female player in the world. Barça went undefeated in the league, sweeping all 30 games, and also taking home the Spanish Cup and Super Cup. However, they fell short in the Women’s Champions League final against Lyon, and she was forced to miss the European Championship due to an ACL injury.
It’s great to be back,” Putellas exclaimed. When I won last year, it motivated me to do even better this year. This wouldn’t have worked without my comrades’ help. In particular, I’d like to express my gratitude to the coaches and technical staff that work tirelessly to facilitate my daily growth.
Lewandowski, who recently transferred to Barcelona from Bayern Munich, finished fourth in the men’s list and took home the Gerd Müller award as the finest forward in the world. Knowing how hard everyone on the Bayern and Barça teams works to put up those goals, he remarked, “I want to thank my teammates from both teams.”
Salah came in at number five, just ahead of PSG star Kylian Mbappé in the standings. Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric finished eighth and ninth, respectively, while Thibaut Courtois came in seventh and earned the Lev Yashin medal for the world’s top goalkeeper.
This was the first time that Erling Haaland had placed in the top 10 of any competition.
As his colleague Pedri did the previous year, the Spanish national and Barcelona midfielder Gavi won the Kopa trophy as the best men’s under-21 player. After Pep Guardiola’s squad won their fourth Premier League title in five years, Manchester City was honored as the year’s best club.
For the first time, the awards, hosted by France Football magazine, considered a player’s whole 2021-22 campaign rather than just the previous calendar year. Additionally, the number of male judges was cut from 170 to 100, while the number of female judges was increased to 50.