7 awards at the  Ballon d'Or 2022

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema won his first career Ballon d'Or (Player of the Year), becoming the 2nd oldest player to win at age 34

Barcelona star Alexia Putellas became the first woman (Player of the Year) to claim back-to-back Ballon d'Or trophies, fighting back tears during her acceptance speech

Another Barcelona player took the Under-21 Player of the Year as Gavi succeeded teammate Pedri for the  award crowning the best young men's player.

Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois was named goalkeeper of the Year, taking the Yashin Trophy. 

Robert Lewandowski won the Gerd Muller Award as the top striker for the second consecutive year after scoring  57 goals for club and country in 2021/22.

Manchester City claimed the Club of the Year award with six total Ballon d'Or finalists named.

Sadio Mane was recognized with the first Socrates Award designed to honor gestures of solidarity by players.