Facts About Karim Benzema, Strong Candidate for 2022 Ballon d’Or
Karim Mostafa Benzema or better known as Karim Benzema is a French footballer who currently plays for Real Madrid . Karim Benzema was born in Lyon, France December 19, 1987. Benzema started his career in Football with the football club Bon Terallion in 1996 and then continued to French club Olympique Lyonnais from 2004-2006 in the B team, making 20 appearances and scoring 10 goals. In the Lyon senior team he played for 112 games from 2004-2009 and scored 43 goals. For his achievements with Lyon he won the Ligue title: (French League) 2004–05 , 2005–06 , 2006–07 , 2007–08, French Cup: 2007–08, Trophée des Champions: 2006 , 2007.
Karim Benzema joined Real Madrid in 2009 along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Kaka. He is priced at 35 million Euros and signed a six-year contract. After struggling in the first season, in the second season, Benzema began to find his rhythm with Los Blancos. At Real Madrid, Benzema since 2009- until now, made 601 appearances, 157 assists and 321 goals in all competitions. For the title with Real Madrid he won La Liga: 2011–12, 2016–17, 2019–20, 2021–22, Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14, Supercopa de Espaa: 2012, 2017, 2019–20 , 2021–22, UEFA Champions League : 2013–14 , 2015–16 , 2016–17 , 2017–18, UEFA Super Cup : 2014 , 2016, 2017, FIFA Club World Cup : 2014 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018.
Career in the French National Team : 2004 Under-17 : 4 Appearances and 1 Goal, 2004-2005 Under-18 : 17 Appearances and 14 goals, 2005-2006 Under-19 and 9 Appearances and 5 Goals, 2006 Under-21 5 Appearances and 0 Goals, 2007-to date 94 appearances and 36 goals. Achievements with the French national team: UEFA European Under-17 Championship: 2004 and UEFA Nations League: 2020-21.
Karim Benzema has continued to play consistently and has continued to score goals for Real Madrid this season. The reason is that he is now a mainstay on the attack line and plays a very important role in the important matches that Real Madrid live in the 2021-2022 season, even being a savior for Real Madrid in winning. This season he made 42 appearances and 42 goals in all games. Benzema became the temporary Top Scorer in the Spanish League with 26 goals played in 30 matches, 11 assists and the Champions League’s top scorer with 10 appearances and scored 14 goals.
Like against Paris Saint Germain in the round of 16 of the Champions League second leg, he scored three goals or hat -tricks for Los Blancos’ victory (3-1) after previously losing at home to Paris Saint Germain (1-0) in the first leg.
Against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals, he scored another hat-trick but in the second leg Real Madrid had to admit Chelsea’s advantage (3-2) Benzema also scored two important goals so Real Madrid qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League.
In the continuation of La Liga (Spanish League) week 32 against Sevilla away, Real Madrid experienced difficulties until finally conceding two goals in the 21st minute, 25 through goals from Rakitic and Lamela while Real Madrid managed to comeback in the second half through goals from Rodrygo to 50 minutes, Nacho to 82 minutes and Karim Benzema to 90+2 minutes.
When facing Manchester City in the semifinals of the Champions League, the first leg took place on Wednesday (27/04/22) The exciting match took place at the Etihad Stadium, with the final score 4-3 for Manchester City’s victory. Meanwhile, Karim Benzema scored two goals for Real Madrid, and Vinicius Junior contributed one more goal.
The Players and Coaches praised Benzema for playing brilliantly this season. Vinicius Jr said the 34-year-old man deserved to be considered for bringing the world’s best player trophy. “Karim Benzema’s performance cannot be described in words. He deserves the Ballon d’Or,” he said. “Hopefully Benzema can win the Spanish League, Champions League and Ballon d’Or in 2022,” said Vinicius Jr.
“What a match. Give himself, Benzi, the Ballon D’or,” wrote Mesut Ozil via his personal Twitter account, @MesutOzil1088, Wednesday (27/4/2022).
Karim Benzema’s former teammate at Real Madrid, Mesut Ozil, also did not escape his assessment of the striker.The German player of Turkish blood feels that Benzema really deserves to win the Ballon d’O’r trophy this season.
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