French Karim Benzema confirmed that he did everything in his power with Real Madrid this season, to be the most prominent candidate to win the Ballon d’Or, after he contributed to leading the Spanish club to the Champions League final, beating Liverpool, 1-0, in Paris and crowning the title. fourteenth in its history.
Sharjah 24 – Asaad Khalil:
French international Karim Benzema admitted that he did everything in his power with Real Madrid this season, to be the most prominent candidate to win the Ballon d’Or, after he helped lead the Spanish club to the Champions League final and beat Liverpool, 1 – zero, in Paris. And crowning the fourteenth title in its history.
He did not score in the final on Saturday at the Stade de France, after the winning goal was signed by young Brazilian Vinicius Junior, but the Frenchman was the top scorer in the continental competition this season with 15 goals, including 10 in the playoffs.
After the match, he explained to Canal Plus, in response to a question if he was thinking of the Ballon d’Or: Of course, now I will join the national team, but I think that at the club level I can do no better than that, we will see what happens, in any case, I am proud of what achieved.
Benzema, 34, will join the French national team squad for a series of matches in the European Nations League next June, after he finished the season with 44 goals with Real Madrid in all competitions, including 27 in the league that contributed to the team crowning the Spanish champion.
He scored a hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the quarter-finals and quarter-finals, respectively, in addition to a return goal against the “Blues” and three goals in two matches against Manchester City in the semi-finals.
Benzema explained, referring to the wonderful “remontada” that Real achieved several times on his way to the final, and became the first team to win the title despite losing three matches in the playoffs: There is no luck, you can be lucky once, but not every time. We deserved to win, we worked hard, we came back every time and we didn’t give up.
We are a group and every player in it is important. The mains, the substitutes, who don’t play, but give everything they have in training.
Benzema now has five Champions League titles, and confirmed that his end of the season as the top scorer in the tournament is: exceptional, but the most important thing is winning the fifth title in the Champions League.
The winner of the Ballon d’Or will be announced on October 17, before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year.
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