The prestigious “Ballon d’Or France Football” award ceremony
It took place on Monday, October 17, in Paris, France. If the coronation of Frenchman Karim Benzema was celebrated across the globe, African football great family was allowed to rejoice at the acknowledgement of its abilities, which included Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Sebastien Haller.
Sadio Mane of Senegal received the newly created Socrates Award, which recognizes the athlete who is dedicated to social and charity endeavors. The Lions of Teranga hero was honored for his commitment and, above all, his contribution in his country’s development via the construction of schools and hospitals.
Mané came in second place overall for the Ballon d’Or, right behind Benzema, who won the award that night. This is the first time since His Excellency In 1995, George Weah won the award, which was the first time that a player from Africa was ranked so highly.
Victory at the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations in February 2022 and qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup were also important, as was the striker’s play for Liverpool FC (England) last season. Now, Mané plays for Bayern Munich (Germany).
Mohamed Salah of Egypt came in fifth. The Egyptian star has had a great season. As captain of Egypt, he made it to the final of the AFCON, and his club, Liverpool, made it to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.
Sebastien Haller finished in 13th place thanks to his work with Ajax Amsterdam. He was a model of selflessness and courage (Netherlands). The Ivorian who played in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations has been fighting cancer for a while now. People felt sad when they heard about his battle. He also thanked his family and fans for being there for him and loving him through this hard time.
As a reminder, the Ballon d’Or France ceremony that just ended honored the best players from June 2021 to June 2022.
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