January 30, 2023



Breaking: Karim Benzema wins first ever Ballon d’Or in 2022 *See full listing of winners

Karim Benzema has been awarded the Ballon d’Or on Monday on the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris. It’s the first time the 34 year-old has received the award.

For under the second time within the final 15 years, Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo haven’t received the Ballon d’Or. As anticipated, Actual Madrid ahead Karim Benzema lifted soccer’s Most worthy particular person trophy for the primary time in his profession. 

The 34 year-old beat 29 different contenders for the award after having an incredible season for ‘Los Blancos‘. For the primary time, the prize was awarded based mostly on the season (2021-22) fairly than a calendar 12 months. The winner is determined after votes from soccer journalists in addition to coaches and capitains of nationwide groups.

Benzema scored a document 44 objectives, 14 increased than his document tally since transferring to the Spanish capital. He additionally netted supplied 15 assists, the identical quantity he bought within the 2011-12 and 2012-13 campaigns. He additionally helped Actual Madrid cruise to the La Liga title with 86 factors out of a doable 114, 13 forward of nearest challengers Barcelona. As well as, he was key to Actual Madrid profitable the Champions League for the first time in 4 years following a 1-0 victory over Liverpool on the Stade de France.

He was the Champions League’s high scorer with 15 objectives and he stepped at essential occasions.  Benzema netted a hat-trick as Actual Madrid got here from two objectives down to get rid of PSG within the final 16 whereas he additionally scored a hat-trick away to Chelsea within the quarter-final first leg earlier than netting the decisive objective in extra-time on the Bernabeu. If that was not sufficient, he scored twice within the 4-3 defeat to Man Metropolis on the Etihad earlier than changing an important spot kick in extra-time after Rodrygo had struck twice within the closing levels. 

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Regardless of soccer being a staff recreation and different gamers equivalent to Rodrygo, Vinicius, Courtois and Modric additionally taking part in essential roles in Actual Madrid’s success, Benzema was undoubtedly the standout performer final season and totally deserved the award. 

(Sky Sport)

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