the frenchs Karim Benzema, forward for Real Madridwas consecrated this Monday After receiving the Ballon d’Or at the age of 35, prestigious award that since 1956 has been awarded by France Football magazine.
The French striker, author of an exceptional season, culminating in victories in the Spanish league and the Champions League, succeeds the Argentine Lionel Messi in the list of winnerswho last season won his seventh Ballon d’Or, but was not among the candidates this time.
Benzema becomes the first Frenchman to win the Ballon d’Or since 1998 did it Zinedine Zidane and he is the fifth French player to do so, along with Raymond Kopa, Michel Platini and Jean-Pierre Papin.
Benzema, of Algerian originreceived the award thanks to an unforgettable season, where he scored 44 goals and recorded 17 assists in 46 games.
He was the top scorer in the Champions League, with 15 goals, and in La Liga in Spain, with 27 goals.
In the Champions League, 10 of the 15 goals came in the final phase, eliminating favorites such as PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Also, He is the second all-time top scorer for Real Madrid (328 goals), surpassing legends like Raúl González and Alfredo Di Stefano, only behind the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.
“It’s the people’s Ballon d’Or“, Said an emotional Benzema, with golden glasses and a “tuxedo” after receiving the award from Zidane, one of his idols, who also made him the great leader of the Real Madrid squad.
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