3 Reasons Karim Benzema deserves the 2022 Ballon d’Or

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There are at least three reasons that make Karim Benzema worthy of being a player who won the prestigious individual title in European football, this year’s Ballon d’Or.

Real Madrid had a slump in the 2018/2019 season when they were left by their flagship player, Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in the summer of 2018.

Ronaldo’s departure makes the Real Madrid squad have inequality. The front line feels dull, even though they have brought in a number of new strikers, one of which is Eden Hazard.

Unfortunately the former Chelsea player has not been able to show his best performance since being brought in in the summer of 2019. In the end, the mainstay is the old and seasoned player, namely Karim Benzema.

In the last two seasons, Karim Benzema has emerged as a Real Madrid goal machine. Whereas previously his role was not vital enough on the front lines, due to being under the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Karim Benzema has become an important figure for Real Madrid since Cristiano Ronaldo left two seasons ago.

Always Be a Team Hero

The 34-year-old man is often a Los Blancos hero in crucial matches like this season, especially in the Champions League.

The first was during the match against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the second leg of the 2021-2022 Champions League last 16 round. Karim Benzema became the hero of Los Blancos’ epic comeback.

In that match, the Frenchman scored a hat-trick while bringing Real Madrid to a 3-1 win over PSG.

Previously in the first leg El Real was defeated by a thin score 1-0. Real Madrid was 3-2 on aggregate.

Taji Karim Benzema then continued in the quarter-finals or the last 8 of the Champions League against Chelsea, Thursday (07/04/22).

The first leg was played at Chelsea’s headquarters, at Stamford Bridge Stadium. Real Madrid without difficulty won 3-1. One name in the spotlight is again Karim Benzema.

The French player was increasingly bright and had a big influence on Real Madrid’s victory in that match.

In the second leg, played at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Wednesday (13/04/22), Karim Benzema was again a hero.

His late goal brought Real Madrid to the semifinals. The match itself was won by Chelsea with a score of 3-2.

However, a Real Madrid goal in the 96th minute extra time scored by Karim Benzema, became the savior because with this goal Real Madrid won 5-4 on aggregate.

Real Madrid has the right to advance to the semifinals against Manchester City. The first leg took place on Wednesday (27/04/22) this morning.

The exciting match took place at the Etihad Stadium, with the final score 4-3 for Manchester City’s victory.

Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva scored each of the hosts’ goals.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s goal was scored by Karim Benzema, two goals and another goal was contributed by Vinicius Junior.

Karim Benzema once again caught the attention because his slick performance again saved Real Madrid from defeat with a large score gap.

He scored Real Madrid’s third goal from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute. That means, Real Madrid are only one goal behind, which they might be able to catch in the second leg later.

Individual Statistics
Despite failing to bring Real Madrid to victory, Karim Benzema managed to add to the coffers of his goals in the Champions League this season.

Benzema managed to gain 14 goals from 10 matches.

With this notch, the French national team striker is now entrenched at the top of the 2021/2022 Champions League top scorer list.

Karim Benzema has a one-goal lead over Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Not only that, Benzema has also now scored seven goals with El Real in the Champions League semifinal match.

Karim Benzema’s collection of goals in the last four of the Champions League is more than Lionel Messi, who scored six goals.

Not only at the European level, Karim Benzema is also very savage in the Spanish League. He dominates the list of Spanish League top scorers with 25 goals, 10 goals ahead of Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas with 15 goals in second place.

So, how many goals has Karim Benzema scored in each season since Cristiano Ronaldo left?

In a row he scored 30 goals in 2018-2019, 27 goals (2019-2020), 30 goals (2020-2021) and 41 goals (2021-2022, the season is still running).

If Real Madrid wins the 2021-2022 Champions League, Karim Benzema will automatically become the strongest candidate to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or trophy.

Not only that, Karim Benzema also has the opportunity to provide a double winner for Real Madrid because in the Spanish League they still lead with 78 points.

15 points ahead of Barcelona in second with 63 points. With five games remaining, Real Madrid’s maximum points cannot be pursued.

If Real Madrid wipe out the remaining games with a win, then they will have 88 points at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Barcelona only has a maximum 73 points if they can wipe out all the remaining matches with a winn.

Support for Karim Benzema
Apart from the on-field factors that made Karim Benzema worthy of winning this year’s Ballon d’Or, support has also poured in from off the pitch.

Some players think that Karim Benzema deserves it, as stated by his teammate, Vinicius Jr.

“There are no words to describe how Benzema played. He deserves the Ballon d’Or,” he said.

“I wish my brother Benzema finally to win La Liga, the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or.”

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan also agrees with many who support Karim Benzema to win the Ballon d’Or.

“For a long time he was in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, especially in the media, but now he is getting the attention and praise he deserves.”

“His achievements speak for themselves.

Karim Benzema’s former teammate at Real Madrid, Mesut Ozil, also did not escape his assessment of the bomber.

Ozil looked impressed by the ability of his former Real Madrid team-mates for the 2010-2013 period in that match.
The German player of Turkish blood feels that Benzema really deserves to win the Ballon d’Or trophy this season.

“What a match. Give himself, Benzi, the Ballon D’or,” wrote Mesut Ozil via his personal Twitter account, @MesutOzil1088, Wednesday (27/4/2022).