Karim Benzema, a forward for Real Madrid, was been awarded the Ballon d’Or for the first time on the men’s side in 2022, fulfilling a lifelong dream of his. During the 2021-22 season, he received the most number of votes and ended up winning the trophy. This French footballer, who is 34 years old, was announced as the winner of the Ballon d’Or, making him the first French player to take home the trophy since Zinedine Zidane, who won it in 1998 while playing for Juventus. The Ballon d’Or 2022 was held in the theater du Chatelet in Paris on the evening of Monday, October 17th.
As a result of his exceptional play during the previous season with Real Madrid, Karim Benzema was a strong favorite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award. He was successful in both the La Liga and the Champions League tournaments, winning both of them. During the 2021–22 season, he played in a total of 46 games and recorded 44 goals and 15 assists. He finished the season with a total of 27 goals scored in La Liga, and he scored 15 goals in just 12 matches played in the Champions League.
The previous season was a record-breaking one for this Real Madrid star in various categories. In the match against Santiago Bernabeu, which took place during the 2021–22 season of the Champions League, he established a new record for himself by scoring a hat trick in the oldest age. Olivier Giroud, who scored a hat trick at the age of 34 years and 63 days, was the holder of the previous record for oldest player to accomplish this feat. Karim shattered broke the record by scoring a triple at the age of 34 years and 80 days. As a direct result of his efforts, Real Madrid has advanced to the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League.
Karim Benzema was honored with the golden boots trophy for his incredible play throughout the previous season. He finished the tournament with a total of 15 goals scored, making him the first player from France to ever win the golden boot award. Since the European Cup was renamed the Champions League in 1992, no French player, with the exception of karim, has been granted this trophy.
During the previous season of the Champions League, this French footballer had an excellent showing against Chelsea and Manchester City, scoring seven goals in all. As a result of this, he set a record in the champions league for being the player with the most goals scored against English teams.
Benzema had an incredible season in La Liga the year before, scoring 27 goals in just 32 games. As a result of his incredible performance, he became the first French player in history to win the Pichichi trophy. In the past, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were the dominant forces in La Liga, and they were the ones who won the Pichichi Trophy. However, Karim Benzema was the one who won it in the 2021-22 season.
Karim Benzema has more individual honors and awards than any other French player in the history of the sport. During his time playing football, he was successful enough to earn a number of accolades. He started his career at Lyon before moving on to Real Madrid. He spent the first 13 seasons of his professional career playing for Real Madrid. During this time, he underwent a process of gradual development, and as a result, he is today considered to be one of the most accomplished strikers of his generation.
This French Superstar amassed a large number of trophies while playing for both his clubs and his country during his career. He made history by becoming the only French footballer to ever win the Champions League five times, La Liga four times, and League 1 four times. It was his country, France, who ended up victorious in the UEFA Nations League 2020-21. As a consequence of this, he is currently the most valuable player for his team in the FIFA World Cup 2022. He had a total of 30 Trophies to his name at the time of the award ceremony.
When he was announced as the winner of the Ballon d’Or, Karim Benzema said, “This is the people’s Ballon d’Or, and it is a source of tremendous pride to have this in front of me.” When Karin Benzema was 15 years old and playing for Lyon U17, his long-time agent, Karim Djaziri, asked him about the dream he had when he was younger. Benzema that time told that, “He wanted to give his mum a house with a fireplace and he wanted to play for Real Madrid and he dreamt to won the Ballon d’Or.” After a period of eighteen years, he can finally say that every one of his dreams has come true.
During his acceptance speech for the Ballon d’Or, Karim Benzema called his mother on the stage. KarimZinedine Zidane, who is like an elder brother to Benzema and is excellent in the role that gave him the trophy, Zidane was quoted as saying, “If you can’t appreciate Benzema’s greatness, then you don’t understand football.” Benzema is a footballer from France. Many individuals are hoping that he continues to have excellent health and financial success in the future. This year’s Ballon d’Or featured some of the best players ever.