It’s official ! Karim Benzema won the prestigious Ballon d’Or 2022 and is the 5th Frenchman in history to be crowned.
The best season of his carreer
Karim Benzema has won his 1st Ballon d’Or, becoming the 1st French player to lift it since Zinedine Zidane in 1998. France now has 5 different Ballon d’Or winners, no other country has more. Karim Benzema, author of the best season of his career, was crowned best player on the planet by winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or, awarded by Zinedine Zidane. “I think back to when I was little, it’s a kid’s dream like all kids. I grew up with that in my head. I had two models in life, Zidane and Ronaldo, I had a motivation. It’s a lot of work, keeping this dream in mind, there have been much more difficult times for me, for my whole family. It only strengthened me mentally. I am proud of my journey, I will continue like this, I would like to thank all my teammates at Real, in the selection, my coach, my great president who is there because he is like someone in my family, he has always been right with me, he always put me in confidence, I do not forget Mr. Aulas, all the Lyon academy, all my family. For me it’s the people’s Ballon d’Or, » he said.
Multiple French champion
During this trophy presentation, Karim Benzema paid tribute to Tupac Shakur, wearing the same costume and golden glasses as those worn by Makaveli, on the day of the presentation of his album « All.Eyez on Me ». Multiple French champion with Lyon (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008), all combined with a Coupe de France (2008) and two Champions Trophies (2006, 2007), Benzema has exported very well. Four times winner of La Liga (2012, 2017, 2020, 2022), he has also lifted the Copa del Rey twice (2011 and 2014) and the Spanish Supercup four times (2012, 2017, 2019, 2022). . All complemented by numerous continental successes. With its five Champions Leagues (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022) in the lead, along with four Club World Cups (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018) and four UEFA Super Cups (2014, 2016 , 2017, 2022).