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Men’s Ballon d’Or 2022: full list of candidates and nominees for the France Football award

The Ballon d’Or award ceremony takes place at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday with an 8:30 pm CEST (2:30 pm ET) start.

Men’s Ballon d’Or 2022: full list of candidates and nominees for the France Football award
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The red carpet will be full of the biggest names in global football in Paris on Monday night as the 2022 Ballon d’Or award winners will be announced. This year there is a modification in the criteria with organisers France Football confirming that the player performances from the season and not the calendar year would be taken into account.

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The 66th Ballon d’Or award ceremony will see the awarding of seven prestigious awards with both men’s and women’s players of the years to be recognised along with the Kopa Trophy (for the best performing player under the age of 21) and the Yashin Trophy (for the best goalkeeper). The newly named Muller Award (after legendary German striker Gerd Muller) will also be confirmed for the best striker, along with the Socrates Award marking the best social initiatives within the game along with the club of the year prize.

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF
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The 30 man shortlist was confirmed by France Football back in August and Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema is highly tipped to scoop the men’s award.

2022 Ballon d’Or shortlist

  • Thibaut Courtois - Real Madrid
  • Rafael Leao - AC Milan
  • Christopher Nkunku - RB Leipzig
  • Mohamed Salah - Liverpool
  • Joshua Kimmich - Bayern Munich
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold - Liverpool
  • Vinicius Junior - Real Madrid
  • Bernardo Silva - Manchester City
  • Luis Diaz - Porto/Liverpool
  • Robert Lewandowski - Bayern Munich/Barcelona
  • Riyad Mahrez - Manchester City
  • Casemiro - Real Madrid/Manchester United
  • Son Heung-min - Tottenham Hotspur
  • Fabinho - Liverpool
  • Karim Benzema - Real Madrid
  • Mike Maignan - AC Milan
  • Harry Kane - Tottenham Hotspur
  • Darwin Nunez - Benfica/Liverpool
  • Phil Foden - Manchester City
  • Sadio Mane - Liverpool/Bayern Munich
  • Sebastien Haller - Ajax/Borussia Dortmund
  • Luka Modric - Real Madrid
  • Antonio Rudiger - Chelsea/Real Madrid
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - Manchester United
  • Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City
  • Dusan Vlahovic - Fiorentina/Juventus
  • Virgil van Dijk - Liverpool
  • Joao Cancelo - Manchester City
  • Kylian Mbappe - Paris Saint-Germain
  • Erling Haaland - Borussia Dortmund/Manchester City