THEATRE DU CHATELET, PARIS, 18 OCTOBER 2022 – Last night as the atmosphere was thick with suspense, two legends were crowned once more and inducted in the Ballon d’OrTM Hall of Fame and awarded each a Purnell x Ballon d’OrTM Unique Piece: Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas.
This year marked the second for the brand as Official Partner of the prestigious Ballon d’OrTM, a partnership that is rooted in both institutions valor for excellence and rewarding the best of the best—hyper horology meeting the art of the football.
This year showed Putellas winning back-to-back Ballon d’OrTM and her second Purnell unique timepiece to go along with it—making her the first female football player to do so and an especially incredible feat after recovering from a knee injury earlier in the season. For Benzema, this award is his first Ballon d’OrTM, after a meteoric rise and undeniable performances in the 2021-2022 season. It also makes him the first French player since his mentor’s, Zinedine Zidane, win in 1998.
An evening filled with Glamour
This 66th edition of the Ballon d’OrTM proved to be one of the most symbolic for sport in a long time. Both invited by Purnell, Friends of the Brand Marcell Jacobs, 100m Olympic Champion and European World Record Holder, joined the brand in a private salon alongside Andrea Bocelli, who later performed “Nessum Dorma” at the opening of the festivities.
It also proved to be a unifying event for football as a whole, as legends and past Ballon d’OrTM winners joined to celebrate the evening, including Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Shevchentko.