Karim Benzema Real Madrid Ballon d'Or GFXGetty/GOAL

Ballon d'Or 2022 Power Rankings: Who will join Benzema on the podium?

For all the controversy and criticism it generates, the Ballon d'Or remains the most important individual award in world football, and the race to claim the 2022 prize has been epic.

France Football announced in March that the rules for Ballon d'Or voting have changed, with the key one being that the award will be based on performances over a single season, rather than a calendar year.

That means performances at the 2022 World Cup, which is set to kick-off in November, will not be considered this year, and instead will be judged when voting for the 2023 Ballon d'Or gets under way.

The importance placed on trophies (aka 'Jorginho's Law') has also been scaled back, meaning the prize should reflect the best footballers from each season, rather than those who lift the most silverware.

With all that in mind, and with the winner of the 2022 prizes set to be announced in Paris on Monday, check out the final standings from GOAL's season-long tracking of the prime contenders...

NOTE: Players' clubs reflect 2021-22 season only