Manchester City have been named Club of the Year at the 2022 Ballon d’Or awards, following an exceptional season.
The Cityzens dazzled again domestically in the men’s game, seeing off Liverpool in a hard fought title battle to lift their sixth Premier League crown, while also reaching the semi-final of the Champions League.
City’s women’s team overcame a tough start to the WSL season to finish third in the league, while also reaching the FA Cup final and winning the Women’s League Cup.
The likes of Lucy Bronze – now a Barcelona player – Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahre, Ederson, Joao Cancelo and Phil Foden were all at the ceremony in Paris, nominated for awards on the night – a testament to the club’s strong showings throughout the previous season.
Real Madrid overcame City in a dramatic Champions League semi-final to deny them of reaching the top of the European mountain once again, but Pep Guardiola’s side otherwise looked dominant as ever and racked up 93 points in the Premier League to clinch the title.
On the night, Haaland finished 10th in the Ballon d’Or standings; the highest of any City player, while Bronze also finished 10th in the women’s standings, but now plays for Barcelona.