There were no surprises: Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema was voted france football magazine as the best player last season and received the Ballon d’Or for his achievements with the Spanish club in the 2021/22 season. It was the first time that the French striker had received the prestigious award, to be the first French player to do that since Zinedine Zidane in 1998.
Benzema’s main competitors were Robert Lewandowski, Kevin De Bruyne and Sadio Mané, but (rare thing) this time there was no doubt that the Real Madrid star totally deserved this recognition. Karim Benzema was the great protagonist in La Liga and the Champions League, guiding the team to a great success.
by analyzing the numbers, Benzema scored 44 goals in 46 matches. in addition to 15 assists. Despite not being on the score sheet against Liverpool in the final, Karim was the top scorer of the Champions League 21/22. And he played a huge role to lead Real Madrid to win the competition: ten of his 15 goals, in addition to an assist, happened during the knockout stage.
In the Spanish league “La Liga”, Benzema was also the top scorer: 27 goals.
Leader of a Real Madrid in transition generation, Benzema was also technical reference and most important player of a team that played beautiful and won the most important titles that played last season. In addition to the cups raised with his teammates, now the Frenchman wins a Ballon d’Or just for him.