BALLON D’OR POWER RANKINGS

Lyon’s Champions League triumph has opened the Ballon d’Or door

ALEXIA PUTELLAS (BARCELONA & SPAIN)

The reigning Ballon d’Or winner and UEFA’s Champions League Player of the Season

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ADA HEGERBERG (LYON & NORWAY)

The Champions League final win over Barcelona did her chances no harm, capping off another memorable campaign.

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SAM KERR (CHELSEA & AUSTRALIA)

After finishing a career-high third in the Ballon d’Or standings last year, Sam Kerr could well place there again in August.

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MARIE-ANTOINETTE KATOTO (PSG & FRANCE)

Not only do France boast Renard at the back, but they also have the clinical Marie-Antoinette Katoto up front

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WENDIE RENARD (LYON & FRANCE)

If she can lead France to Euros glory as well, she’ll unquestionably get bumped up this list.

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KARIM BENZEMA FAVOURITE AS EURO 2022 LOOKS PIVOTAL

Karim Benzema is widely expected to win the men’s award

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MOHAMED SALAH (LIVERPOOL & EGYPT)

Salah was “shocked” to finish seventh in the Ballon d'Or race last year, and while he and Mane are in line to make the podium,

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SADIO MANE (LIVERPOOL & SENEGAL)

Expect us to flit between second and third when it comes to Sadio Mane and his, for now,

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KYLIAN MBAPPE (PSG & FRANCE)

It was all looking so good in the first leg against Real Madrid, with Mbappe scoring the winner,

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VINICIUS JUNIOR (REAL MADRID & BRAZIL)

Vinicius Jr peaked at the right time in terms of emerging as a contender, with his goal in the Champions League final ultimately the winner.

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