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Ballon d'Or 2022: The final rankings as Benzema wins the Golden Ball

It's been the worst kept secret in football for months, but finally it's official - Karim Benzema is the 2022 Ballon d'Or winner. The Real Madrid striker picked up the Golden Ball at the annual ceremony in Paris following his superb 2021-22 season for both club and country.

Benzema's was rewarded for the lead role he played in Madrid winning both the Champions League and La Liga, while he also lifted the Nations League trophy with France back in October 2021.

Benzema, though, was just one of 30 nominees for the most prestigious individual award in world football, and France Football has revealed the final standings of where all 30 ranked after the final voting.

Neither six-time winner Lionel Messi or his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar made the cut, but it is still a list packed with some of the biggest and best players in the global game.

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