5 reasons Karim Benzema will win the 2022 Ballon d’Or trophy is interesting. Because, Karim Benzema is considered the strongest candidate to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or after making a series of sweet achievements with Real Madrid in the 2021-2022 season.
The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner itself will be officially announced on August 12, 2022. Then, what are the reasons that make Benzema believed to be winning the 2022 Ballon d’Or trophy? Here are 5 of them.
5. Spanish League Champion 2021-2022
Karim Benzema has succeeded in making a series of sweet achievements with Real Madrid throughout the 2021-2022 season. One of them is to win the Spanish League 2021-2022.
Madrid has even locked this title in week 34 of the 2021-2022 Spanish League after beating Espanyol with a score of 4-0. Benzema also played a role in Madrid’s goal party by contributing one goal in the 81st minute.
4. Champions League Champion 2021-2022
Next, Benzema added to his success with Real Madrid this season by winning the 2021-2022 Champions League. Certainty was obtained after beating Liverpool in the final.
Playing at the Stade de France Stadium, Paris, France, Sunday (29/5/2022), Los Blancos – the nickname of Real Madrid – won narrowly with a score of 1-0 after a tight duel throughout the match. The only goal in this match was scored by Vinicius Junior in the 59th minute.
The 2021-2022 Champions League title further confirms Real Madrid’s success this season. Because, previously, Carlo Ancelotti’s fleet also successfully lifted the 2021-2022 Spanish League champion trophy and also the Spanish Super Cup this season.
3. Spanish League Top Scores 2021-2022
Not only making achievements with the club, Benzema also has a classy record individually. In the Spanish League this season, he won the top scorer status. Yes, Benzema is at the top of the list of top scorers in the 2021-2022 Spanish League after recording 27 goals from 32 appearances.
Apart from that, he also recorded 12 assists. Benzema’s goals were often scored in crucial moments that finally brought Madrid to victory.
2. Top Score Champions League 2021-2022
Not only in the Spanish League, Benzema is also the top scorer in the 2021-2022 Champions League. This French bomber is far ahead of a series of sharp players in the 2021-2022 Champions League, such as Mohamed Salah to Robert Lewandowski.
Benzema collected a total of 15 goals this season. He is 2 goals ahead of Lewandowski in the top scorer list and up to 7 goals ahead of Mohamed Salah who became the most dangerous bomber at Liverpool.
1. The Ballon d’Or 2022 Count Only for the 2021-2022 Season
The determination of the winner of the 2022 Ballon d’Or trophy is somewhat different from previous editions due to a change in the format. Yes, France Football as the initiator of the Ballon d’Or event changed the format for the 2022 edition. Changes include the assessment of players who are likely to win this award.
The performance that is judged on these players is only from August 2021 to July 2022. So, the assessment is only one full season, not a calendar year as before. With this change in format, players’ appearances at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar don’t count. The 2022 World Cup will be held from November 21 to December 18.
Later, appearances there will count for the 2023 Ballon d’Or. With this condition, Benzema’s steps in winning the 2022 Ballon d’Or trophy are believed to be increasingly smooth. Because, he really looks amazing throughout the 2021-2022 season.