Cited among the favorites in the Ballon d’Or race, Karim Benzema had to settle for fourth place.
Solid leader of La Liga with already points ahead of his dolphin, qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, with the first place in the group to the key: everything laughs for Real Madrid this autumn. A disappointment, however, spoiled the overall picture: while many Madrid residents imagined Karim Benzema win the Ballon d’Or, the reward finally went, once again, to Lionel Messi.
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Worse, despite his 35 goals scored in 2021 with Real Madrid, the French had to settle for fourth place. Behind Lionel Messi therefore, but also Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho. Results that go badly in the Spanish capital. “It’s a lack of respect for Real Madrid and for Benzema, thus entrusted to the Journal of Real Tomas Roncero, editor in chief at AS. What he has done this season is the equivalent of a monument for those who love football. For me, it’s a decision that goes far beyond the titles. Moreover, it should be remembered that the Nations League was won by France in part thanks to Benzema. So those who say he didn’t win a title, he won as much as Messi. The Copa America is overrated. In reality, it is three selections that compete to win it. And, finally, at the Euro, Benzema scored four goals and got one goal for the top scorer. ”
The journalist from Madrid does not budge: this fourth place for Karim Benzema is an aberration. Just like the victory of Lionel Messi, rewarded for his career more than for his service in 2021. “They weren’t fair, he continued. At the very least, on the podium… For me, if it’s not first place, it’s second behind Lewandowski! I could have understood that Lewy won it to the benefit of Benzema. And at best, Messi third, but that’s questionable with Jorginho. For me Messi is a theme of marketing or a lot of journalists who voted for who he is and his career, not for what he did last season. “