With the 2022 Ballon d’Or ceremony right around the corner, predictions are starting to increase. A new leak has gone viral on social media, and once again it has neither Robert Lewandowski nor Kylian Mbappe in the podium.
This year, the Ballon d’Or conversation seems to be much lower than in previous editions. For example, in 2021, there was a lot of speculation in the previous weeks and countless leaks spread across the internet as people debated whether Robert Lewandowski or Lionel Messi deserved the award.
In the end, it was the Argentine superstar who emerged victorious, but the result was controversial. In fact, the Pole star was so upset by the result that he even threw shade at Messi, later regretting his comments.
However, the ceremony in 2022 will be different, as it will reward the club’s best player of the season rather than the best footballer of the calendar year. Although the hype is not as big as last year, the leaks have already gone viral on Twitter.
2022 Ballon d’Or results leak out… again
The first leak that emerged had Karim Benzema at the top of the list, which came as no surprise as he is the strongest candidate to win this year. The second leak also suggests that the Real Madrid star has the most votes, but there is a slight difference on the podium.
The latter list shows Vinicius Junior finishing third, while the previous leak had Mohamed Salah above the Brazilian. However, there’s a coincidence in both which is that neither Lewandowski nor Kylian Mbappe are among the top four.
While the Barcelona striker appears fifth, the Paris Saint-Germain megastar is sixth. Kevin De Bruyne, Luka Modric, Heung-Min Son, and Thibaut Courtois complete the top 10, which has notable absences. Erling Haaland and Cristiano Ronaldo are not making the best 10 of the vote, with only 31 and 22 points, respectively.