Mane moves ahead of Salah in Ballon d’Or rankings


Sadio Mane has now moved into 2nd place behind Karim Benzema in the latest Ballon d’Or rankings for the season.

The Senegalese who was in 3rd place in the previous ranking has swapped positions with his Liverpool teammate Mohammed Salah who went off injured in their victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final.


Below is the top 20  candidates for the season’s Ballon d’Or according GOAL. 

(Previously updated May 9)

  1. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

Last time: 20th


In 2021-22: 37 goals, nine assists.

Haaland signed off from Borussia Dortmund with a goal in their final-day win over Hertha Berlin, and his move to Manchester City is likely to see him finish much higher in these rankings over the next couple of years.

  1. Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Last time: 19th

In 2021-22: 37 goals, 10 assists.

It was a case of ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’ for Tottenham, as Kane stepped up to score three times in their wins over Arsenal and Burnley, keeping their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League well and truly alive.

  1. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Last time: 17th

In 2021-22: 29 goals, 12 assists.

It’s a niche area to specialise in, but not for the first time in his Man City career, Mahrez missed what could prove to be a crucial penalty in the title race against West Ham on Sunday.

If Pep Guardiola’s side can get the job done this week, though, then it will – like his miss against Liverpool in 2018-19 – be soon forgotten about.

  1. Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

Last time: 18th

In 2021-22: 26 goals, 10 assists.

There is now a real chance that Son wins the Premier League Golden Boot, with the Tottenham star just one goal behind an injured Mohamed Salah, with a game against already-relegated Norwich City to come on the final day.

Few would have bet on that outcome at the start of the season!

  1. Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

Last time: 16th

In 2021-22: 34 goals, 20 assists.

Though he failed to score on the final day of the season, Nkunku’s heroics were key to Leipzig securing their place in the Champions League for next season, which they did on Saturday.

Now attention turns to finishing the season with a trophy in Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final.

  1. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Last time: 15th

In 2021-22: Four goals, two assists, 32 clean sheets. Won FA Cup & Carabao Cup.

Liverpool will be praying that the muscle tightness that Van Dijk felt in the FA Cup final is nothing serious ahead of their final three games of the season.

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  1. Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

Last time: 14th

In 2021-22: 21 clean sheets. Won La Liga & Supercopa de Espana.

Courtois, like many of his Real Madrid team-mates, has been given plenty of rest since Real Madrid sealed the Spanish title, with Carlo Ancelotti keen not to risk any injuries to his star players ahead of the Champions League final.

  1. Luis Diaz (Liverpool)

Last time: 13th

In 2021-22: 23 goals, 10 assists. Won FA Cup & Carabao Cup.

Diaz backed up his superb assist for Liverpool’s winning goal against Aston Villa in midweek with a Man-of-the-Match-winning diaplay in the FA Cup final, with the Colombia forward now one of the Reds’ most important players heading into the final fortnight of their campaign.

  1. Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool)

Last time: 12th

In 2021-22: Two goals, four assists. Won FA Cup & Carabao Cup.

The odd through-ball apart, Thiago had a relatively quiet week, but after celebrating winning yet another trophy in his glittering career, he likely will not care one bit.

  1. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Last time: 11th

In 2021-22: 13 goals, 10 assists.

Bernardo continues to have a quietly superb season for Man City, but he has had enough moments to suggest he will have caught the Ballon d’Or judges’ eyes over the course of the campaign.

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  1. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Last time: 10th

In 2021-22: Two goals, 22 assists, 24 clean sheets. Won FA Cup & Carabao Cup.

Alexander-Arnold has now won all four elite-level trophies available to him before reaching his 24th birthday after helping Liverpool seal the FA Cup on Saturday with a display that highlighted his improvement in defence as much as his attacking potency.

  1. Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Last time: 9th

In 2021-22: 14 goals, 15 assists.

Foden was left on the bench for Man City’s draw with West Ham, with it something of a surprise he was not brought on as the Premier League leaders chased a winning goal.

In Pep Guardiola’s defence, though, the England international has played a lot of football over the past month, and perhaps needed the rest.

  1. Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Last time: 7th

In 2021-22: Six goals, 14 assists. Won La Liga & Supercopa de Espana.

Modric casually reeled off a hat-trick of assists for Madrid in midweek as they put Levante to the sword, before the midfielder was given the night off on Sunday against Cadiz in preparation for the Champions League final.

  1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Last time: 8th

In 2021-22: 20 goals, 17 assists.

De Bruyne has been electric through the second half of the season, and his four-goal performance against Wolves was the kind of display he has been hinting at producing for months.

If Man City do go on to clinch the Premier League title, few could have done more to get them over the line than their brilliant Belgian.

  1. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

Last time: 6th

In 2021-22: 21 goals, 19 assists. Won La Liga & Supercopa de Espana.

Though his season is not done yet, Vinicius scoring his first senior hat-trick was a nice way to cap his breakout campaign, as the Madrid winger scored three in his side’s thrashing of Levante in midweek.

  1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Last time: 5th

In 2021-22: 45 goals, 31 assists. Won Ligue 1 & UEFA Nations League.

Ligue 1 Player of the Year for the third successive season, when it comes to Mbappe, all eyes are on whether he remains in France to defend that crown next season.

  1. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Last time: 4th

In 2021-22: 56 goals, 11 assists. Won Bundesliga & DFL-Supercup.

Lewandowski rounded out the season with his 50th club goal of the campaign, but the Bayern Munich man was making headlines for different reasons on Saturday as he made it clear that he is keen to leave the club this summer.

Whether his continued failure to win the Ballon d’Or due to him being hidden away in the Bundesliga has anything to do with it is a debate well worth having.

  1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Last time: 2nd

In 2021-22: 32 goals, 19 assists. Won FA Cup & Carabao Cup.

Was this the last we will see of Salah this season? Liverpool will be hoping not, but the Egyptian failing to make it through even the first half of the FA Cup final due to injury must be concerning for the Reds, particularly with the Champions League final on the horizon.

  1. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Last time: 3rd

In 2021-22: 28 goals, five assists. Won Africa Cup of Nations, FA Cup & Carabao Cup.

He might have missed in the FA Cup final penalty shootout, but that is unlikely to count against Mane when the Ballon d’Or votes are counted given Liverpool still went onto win.

France Football have been keen to stress that trophies won should not be the sole consideration when it comes to picking the award’s winner, but Mane is amassing a collection that cannot be ignored, particularly when coupled with his improved performances in the second half of the season.

  1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Last time: 1st

In 2021-22: 47 goals, 15 assists. Won La Liga, UEFA Nations League & Supercopa de Espana.

Benzema has largely been putting his feet up over the past couple of weeks, with Carlo Ancelotti keen not to overburden Real Madrid’s captain and leading light ahead of the Champions League final.

Given the fitness concerns that are arising at Liverpool, a rested Benzema could yet prove the difference in Paris on May 28.


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