5 reasons why Benzema deserves the Ballon d’Or

Karim Benzema is the big favorite to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or. There is little discussion about it in this very special edition in which there have been substantial changes. The one that affects the most, which is no longer granted for the merits harvested in the calendar year, but during the season (in this case, the 2021-22). Therefore, the current irregular moment of the madridista does not affect at all. 170 journalists no longer vote, now 100 do (those from the 100 countries with the best UEFA coefficient). These are the five reasons we found for Benzema to lift the trophy.

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First: The goals he has scored.

There is no more objective data than goals, and last season Benzema filled his backpack until there were no more goals. He scored 44 during the course with Madrid: 27 in the League, in which he was the top scorer, 15 in the Champions League and two in the Spanish Super Cup. In addition, he did another six with France, in which he was also the great star of the course. at scoring level only Lewandowski, still at Bayern, could overshadow him. The Pole materialized 50 goals in 46 games with Bayern and scored six more in seven played for his national team.

Second: At the gates of a great record.

The 15 goals that Benzema scored in the Champions League kept him until the final in Paris with the open possibility of matching or beating a historical record, the 17 goals that Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score in the same edition, that of the Décima (2013-14) . The Frenchman scored 15 goals in 12 games, because he could not play one due to injury. He only failed to score in three of those two games… Impressive. But in the final in Paris, he did not find the opposite door.

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Third: He shone in the Champions League showcase.

With all certainty, Benzema was the most important man for Madrid to win the Champions League. He shone, like the footballer that most, in the showcase of the maximum competition. And not only for the 15 goals scored in 12 games, but for two especially stellar moments. The first of them, The hat-trick with which Madrid consummated the comeback against PSG in the round of 16. The second, the hat-trick that he did at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the quarterfinals to put him on track for the semifinals, although he suffered so much later at the Bernabéu. In reality, Benzema scored ten goals between the round of 16, quarters and semi-finals.

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Fourth: The raised titles.

There is also no discussion regarding the relevance it has had for the titles it lifted last season. To begin with, the Spanish Super Cup. But then came the double, League and Champions, something that an entity as powerful as Real Madrid has only achieved four times in its entire history.

Fifth: The Nations League won.

But it is that Benzema also put the icing on all this with another title won with his team: the Nations League that he beat Spain. And in that competition he was also decisive for his country. Not only in the final, in which he scored the 1-1 that gave rise to the subsequent comeback (the second was Mbappé), but also in the semifinal, against Belgium, which started winning 2-0… But a goal from Benzema fired up France, who ended up coming back 2-3.

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