Players nominated for Ballon d’or


New Delhi: 5 players from La Liga, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup winners Real Madrid have been nominated for the 2022 Ballon d’Or.

The nominated players are:

Karim Benzema

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is one of the contenders to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or. The French forward helped Real Madrid lift La Liga, the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup and was influential in a European campaign that produced fantastic wins over the likes of PSG and Manchester City.

The Frenchman proved to be the best player of the season. Benzema spent a decade in Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow, but since CR7 left Madrid, Karim has carried the team on his back in gaps. The Frenchman scored 44 goals and provided 14 assists in 46 games for Los Blancos last season.

Vinicius Jr.

Even in the last 2-3 years, Vinicius Junior has been receiving criticism from everyone and his hard work has finally paid off. The Brazilian gelled well and helped Karim Benzema rest and recover from his injury in time. Vini has scored 22 goals with 16 assists this season for Real Madrid, compared to his 6 goals and 4 assists last season. The 21-year-old deserves to be in the top 3 or at least the top 5 favorites for the Ballon d’Or.

Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois’ men won 2 awards and scored 44 goals for Real Madrid in the 2021/22 season. He kept 22 clean sheets in 52 games, including the most decisive game of the season, the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool. The Belgian was often the silent hero in various games. Real Madrid defender David Alaba said: “Courtois has saved us many times this season.”

The ‘silent hero’ is on his way to becoming the best goalkeeper in the world after winning the 2018 FIFA Golden Glove and making 59 saves in the Champions League this season, the most by a goalkeeper in a single campaign. The big question to be answered will be whether or not the Belgian will maintain his excellent form. Courtois is also a strong contender for the Yashin Trophy.

Luka Modric

Luka Modric is one of the best midfielders in the world, with 5 UEFA Champions League titles and three La Liga titles. The Croatian also won the Ballon d’Or in 2018 after reaching the FIFA 2018 final.

Luka is considered the heart of the team, with Real Madrid lacking creativity and fluidity when the 36-year-old is not playing.


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