Real Madrid punished Barcelona with a 3-1 win as Karim Benzema is under the spotlight again. Many football experts believe that Benzema should win Ballon d’Or at this Monday’s gala, as no player was as prolific as him last season. The stage is set for the Ballon d’Or 2022 ceremony at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
Following Ronaldo’s departure in 2018 the Frenchman has been at his best and is leading Real Madrid’s forward line as a sole striker.
His fiery form is still continuing, as he scored the first goal of last night’s El Clasico. His other was disallowed because of the off-side flag raised.
If Benzema picks up the trophy, he will become the fifth French man to win it after other legendary players like Kopa, Platini, Papin, and his former manager Zidane. Zidane won it in 1998. After that, no French player has yet picked it up.
Praise for Benzema
France National team coach Didier Deschamps has a strong belief that his player will win the most prestigious individual trophy in Football.
He spoke to Telefoot: “Obviously, it would be a very, very nice reward. I would be very happy for him if he could receive the Ballon d’Or, he deserves it”. The Coach also reminded all that Benzema played a vital role in winning the Nations League.
Other than the National coach, another French icon, Jean-Pierre Papin also believes that his countryman will win the trophy for sure. Papin also played with Deschamps in the 1991 World Cup and ended up winning it.
The legendary French footballer spoke: “I think it will be Benzema”. He sees no player is at his level right now. He spoke: “Real Madrid won the Champions League thanks, in part, to his performances and today no one is at his level”.
Benzema’s Real Madrid Contract Situation
Karim Benzema is yet to sign a new contract at Real Madrid. According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, His new deal will keep him until 2024. His current deal is set to end next summer, but Madrid has full faith in Benzema of extending stay at Los Merengues for one more year.
Florentino Perez did an incredible job when he brought Madrid’s two most successful players in the same season in 2009. Cristiano Ronaldo established himself as the highest scorer in the history of Real Madrid. Some years later, Benzema has also reached the same level.
Another Madrid superstar Modric was the first player to break the dominance of Ronaldo and Messi’s Ballon d’Or winning streak. Benzema is set to become another Madrid player to enlist his name in the history of Football with such a rare feat.
Benzema won the Pichichi trophy last season with 27 goals. He was also the top scorer in the Champions League with 15 goals. He helped his Real Madrid side win both La Liga and the Champions League last season under manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Where to Watch It?
The Ballon d’Or 2022 ceremony will be held at 7:30 pm BST. According to the IST, the show will air LIVE on Sony Sports Network’s Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD TV channels and also on the Sony Liv App at 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 18th of October.