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Karim Benzema wins his first Ballon d'Or

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It is the first award of this type for the Real Madrid striker, who had been nominated on ten previous occasions.

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema was crowned the best player in the world this Monday in Paris after winning the Ballon d’Or 2006, one of the most prestigious individual trophies in the world, awarded by France Football magazine.

Among the Frenchman’s main competitors in this edition were his compatriots Kylian Mbappé (PSG) and Sébastien Haller (Borussia Dortmund), the Croatian Luka Modric (Real Madrid), the Dutch Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) and the Brazilian Casemiro (Real Madrid), among others.

30 years, Benzema has won his first Ballon d’Or, an award for he has been nominated on ten previous occasions. His performance was transcendental for Real Madrid in winning the Champions League and the Spanish League in the season 2021-2022. Being the most decisive player of the merengue team, he reached 44 goals and 15 assists in 57 games and ranked as the top scorer in both competitions (27 goals in the domestic competition and 15 in the highest European competition).

La española Alexia Putellas gana su segundo Balón de Oro femenino consecutivoLa española Alexia Putellas gana su segundo Balón de Oro femenino consecutivo

With the French national team, Benzema has played 16 games in which he scored 10 goals and made two assists. In the League of Nations 2021, in which France was crowned champion, Benzema contributed with two goals, one of them in the final against Spain .

Similarly, in this gala the Spanish soccer player Alexia Putellas has won her second Women’s Ballon d’Or as a complement to a year full of successes with Barcelona FC and great results with the Spanish team.

For the first time since 2006, the Argentine Lionel Messi, winner of the Ballon d’Or seven times, was not included in the list of the 30 nominated for the award this year. In addition, it is the first ceremony since 2004 that does not have any representative from Argentina, Spain and Italy among its candidates.

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