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Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has been declared the 2022 men’s Ballon d’Or winner.
Benzema spearheaded Real’s charge to the LaLiga title and Champions League trophy last season.
The centre-forward did so with a staggering 44 goals and 15 assists in 46 appearances across all competitions.
The France international beat Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mane, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, who finished second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Barcelona youngster Gavi won the Kopa Trophy with England international Jude Bellingham missing out on the top three.
Lewandowski left with the Gerd Muller Trophy after amassing a staggering 50 goals and seven assists in 46 appearances last season with Bayern.
Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won the Yashin Trophy, while City were crowned Club of the Year ahead of Liverpool and Los Blancos.
Finally, Barcelona star Alexia Putellas won the women’s Ballon d’Or.
Meanwhile, Police have urged Brentford star Ivan Toney to get in touch after the striker suffered sickening racist abuse.
Toney was targeted on Friday after scoring both of the Bees’ goals in a 2-0 win over Brighton.
The England international shared a screenshot of the abuse after he received a direct message on his Instagram.
Toney wrote: “I wasn’t even going to post this but I woke up angry”.
The Met Police have now urged the 26-year-old ace to get in touch with them.
A spokesperson told The Sun: “Nobody should receive racist messages such as this.
“We have sent a message to the victim asking him to contact police.”
Finally, Atletico Madrid have entered the bidding war to sign Brighton star Leandro Trossard.
Trossard has attracted a lot of admirers in the Premier League with Arsenal and Chelsea thought to be at the front of the queue to sign him.
But the Gunners and the Blues might now face some significant competition from Atletico.
The 27-year-old ace is out of contract in the summer and Atleti are looking into taking him on a free transfer, as per the Mirror.
It looks like there is a good chance the forward will leave the Amex at the end of the season after he admitted he would move to the right team.