On the morning of October 18 (Vietnam time), in Paris, France, Karim Benzema was honored as the best player in the world.
In fact, the French player has been around for a long time. However, his number of goals does not stand out compared to other famous strikers.
However, up to now, Benzema has fully converged all the elements to deserve the Ballon d’Or. Last season, Benzema was a key factor for Los Blancos in their journey to conquer La Liga and the Champions League.
In the European arena alone, Benzema scored 15 goals, many of which were decisive. He became the Champions League’s top scorer with memorable goals at Stamford Bridge and Paris.
In recent years, the results of the Ballon d’Or election have always been a controversial topic. This year, however, there is no doubt about Benzema’s victory. The French striker creates too big a gap with the remaining candidates.
The achievement Benzema has today is the result of relentless efforts. The player born in 1987 proves that age is just a number. From the side at the Bernabeu, he rose to become a symbol of the team’s success.
The turning point for Benzema was the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. Benzema’s number of goals increased exponentially. Besides, the leadership ability and bravery of the French striker were also revealed.
In the end, Benzema won the Ballon d’Or, an individual title he never revealed his ambitions for, until this past ceremony, in the presence of a large number of top names.
For most of his career, Benzema suffered criticism, even banishment on the bench. There was a time, in the eyes of many fans, Benzema was inferior to both Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata.
Benzema played not bad during the time with Ronaldo. The French player admitted, Ronaldo helped him develop more. However, the shadow of CR7 at that time was too big and Benzema had to endure the double scene.
In the best age of his career, Benzema gave way to Ronaldo and other stars at Real Madrid. When everyone left, Benzema silently transformed and confirmed with goals on the field.
At an age when most players have thought about retirement, Benzema decided to reinvent himself. Perhaps, the previous repression was the motivation for him to never know the two giving up…
In 2009, Real Madrid spent more than 200 million pounds to welcome a series of names to the Bernabeu. They signed Ronaldo from Manchester United, successfully recruited Kaka from AC Milan. Therefore, the 35 million Euro deal named Benzema received almost no attention. However, few people expected Benzema to be the last to stay at the Bernabeu and bring success to the team.
Any request of Real Madrid, Benzema accepted. Therefore, Los Blancos coaches are satisfied and do not complain about Benzema’s attitude. That shows the humble character and incredible endurance of “number 9”.
In the last 4 years, Benzema has played a makeover and has become the fulcrum of Real Madrid. Besides, he was also called back to France after a long absence.
It is not simple when President Florentino Perez is looking for ways to keep Benzema, while willing to sell Ronaldo or Raphael Varane. At this point, when it comes to the legend of Real Madrid, there is the name of Benzema.