It’s Benzema! France reclaims the Ballon d’Or after a quarter of a century – World Football

Karim Benzema won the Ballon d’Or completely expected and deserved! He received the prestigious award at a special ceremony in Paris. For the first time since 1998, the most prestigious individual award in football remains in France. Zinedine Zidane then picked up the award, presented by the authoritative publication France Football. The world champion with France personally presented the Ballon d’Or to Benzema, who had a very strong season with the Real Madrid team.

Taran is the fifth Frenchman in history to win the award. The Los Blancos star is the most decorated Frenchman and top scorer among his compatriots with 431 career goals. Last season, he scored 44 goals in 46 games for Real, made 15 assists and led the team to win La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup.

Benzema became the second oldest winner of the France Football poll after Sir Stanley Matthews, who in 1956 won the first edition aged 41.

Karim’s runners-up were Sadio Mane and Kevin de Bruyne. Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah completed the top 5.

The first award that was presented at the gala evening in the French capital was the “Copa” – for the best young footballer. It went to Barcelona’s Gavi and was presented to him by last year’s winner Pedri.

After the Kopa, the Socrates Solidarity Trophy was presented. As expected, he went to Sadio Mane, who is known for his charity work, especially in his home country of Senegal. The attacker is modest and rarely talks about these things.

For the second year in a row, the top among women is Barcelona player Alexia Puteyas. She won the Women’s Ballon d’Or for her strong season with the Blaugrana. Due to injury, she was unable to take part in the European Championship, won by England. Her recovery continues and she is unlikely to be in the game for France Football’s prestigious award again next year.

It was also the turn of the “Müller” trophy, inspired by Gerd Müller, for the most goals in total at club and national level. The award was presented to Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski. Purely statistically, he scored the most goals in the past season – 50 in 46 games.

Real Madrid guard Thibaut Courtois, who played a key role in Los Blancos’ success last season, was chosen as the best goalkeeper. The Belgian received the Yashin award.

English champions Manchester City were surprisingly named club of the year, rather than Real Madrid, who won La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup.

For the first time in history, the most prestigious individual award in football, presented by the authoritative magazine France Football, recognized the best among men and women within a season. Until now, the prize went to the best football player within the calendar year.

This year’s edition of the Ballon d’Or became a turning point for the history of football in the 21st century. For the first time since 2006, none of the dominators in world football in this century, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, fall into the top 3 among the players who received the most votes for the Ballon d’Or.

There were also other changes in the rules, such as, for example, only journalists from countries participating in the World Cup voted in the poll.

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1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)
2. Sadio Mane (Liverpool, Senegal)
3. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)
4. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland)
5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)
6. Kylian Mbappe (PSG, France)
7. Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium)
8. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid, Brazil)
9. Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)
10. Erling Holland (Borussia Dortmund/Manchester City, Norway)
11. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur, South Korea)
12. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, Algeria)
13. Sebastian Aller (Ajax/Borussia Dortmund, Ivory Coast)
14. Fabinho (Liverpool, Brazil)
14. Rafael Leao (Milan, Portugal)
16. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, Netherlands)
17. Casemiro (Real Madrid. Brazil)
17. Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina/Juventus, Serbia)
17. Luis Diaz (Porto/Liverpool, Colombia)
20. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Manchester United, Portugal)
21. Harry Kane (Tottenham, England)
22. Trent-Alexander Arnold (Liverpool, England)
22. Phil Foden (Manchester City, England)
22. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City, Portugal)
25. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich, Germany)
25. Mike Menian (Milan, France)
25. Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea/Real Madrid, Germany)
25. Joao Cancelo (Manchester City, Portugal)
25. Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig, France)
25. Darwin Nunes (Benfica/Liverpool, Uruguay)

“Kopa” for the best young footballer – Gavi (Barcelona, ​​Spain)

“I am very proud to receive this award. Thanks to my whole family, everyone in the national team and in my team. Thanks to them that I was able to debut and play so much. I always give my best. I also listen to what the coaches tell me,” were Gavi’s first words after receiving the award.

The Socrates Solidarity Trophy – Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Bayern Munich, Senegal)

“I’m glad to be here and to be a part of this thing. Sometimes I’m too shy to even talk about it. I want to help people and make things better,” Mane said after being awarded.

Women’s Golden Ball – Alexia Putejas (Barcelona, ​​Spain)

“I am very happy to be here, I am very satisfied. The truth is that a year ago, when I won the first one, I tried to improve and help my team. I am proud of this achievement. I certainly wouldn’t be here without my teammates. Some of them are here. In Barcelona I am simply privileged. I also thank the coaches for helping me improve every day. I thank the club, the president, the executive directors. It’s just a privilege to be part of Barcelona,” Putejas said.

“I’m Catalan, a fan of Barcelona. I will not forget the audience that helped me throughout the season. I am glad to be a part of this project. Thanks also to France Football, to the members of the jury. On July 5th I injured my knee and I don’t think I will be able to play soon. I didn’t play in the European Championship either, but I wish everyone success. I also congratulate the England team for what they have done. Certainly their success has a huge impact in England. Thanks also to my family. We’ve had some strange months. To sum it all up – I hope to be back on the pitch soon and winning again,” she added.

The “Mueller” trophy for the best scorer – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland)

“I am very happy to be here and I am proud to win this trophy. Mostly because of the name this trophy bears. For me, Gerd Müller is a huge inspiration, even before that season in which I broke his record. It was a huge challenge for me. He was not only a great football player but also a great person. I’m also emotional about scoring 46 goals. I did not believe that this record could be bettered. It was my achievement that I did in his name. Thanks to my former teammates at Bayern as well as Barcelona. I know how hard it is to get a hit. I have to be in a good position to score goals, help my teammates. It’s not easy,” Leva said.

“Thank you to my family, my children and my wife. They make me special and proud. It really feels happy, these are the most important things in life. I thank my new teammates because I know that our path is under construction . If we keep working hard, we can’t help but win something significant. I’m here and I haven’t said my last word,” he added.

The Yashin Trophy – Thibaut Courtois

“I thank Real Madrid that I am part of this team. Last season was amazing for us and I am proud to win the award. Thanks to my girlfriend, fiancee and family. It wasn’t easy, but they always helped me. Thank you all and have a nice evening,” Courtois said briefly.

Club of the Year – Manchester City (England)

Three from Manchester City have spoken out after the club won the statuette. First up was Kevin de Bruyne: “We are trying to inspire young footballers. It was always amazing. Yes, we haven’t won the Champions League, but we are proud of the way we play as a team,” said the playmaker.

“Pep is a key figure in our project. He is worth billions. There is always something new with him. He is focused on respect for the opponent and hard work. He’s a great guy. When we lose, it pushes us to be better. Talk to everyone. All of us at Manchester City are very grateful. We know that this comes after a lot of hard work, but we know that the next game is the most important. You have to win again and again and again. We have to stay focused,” added sporting director Chiki Begiristain.

“The Champions League is a very difficult tournament. It is clear that the teams are working very hard on this. We will have to put in more effort,” Ederson said.

Golden Ball Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)

What Benzema said after fulfilling one of his big dreams:

“I’m really proud. I worked a lot. I have never given up on this dream and the pursuit of it. I had the motivation and I had the role model – Zidane, as well as my wife. I want to thank Ronaldo. I always thought anything was possible. We also had difficult moments with the French national team. I continued to work hard and always enjoyed playing football. I am proud of my journey football wise. It was hard for everyone, including my family. Now I’m here and I have to thank my teammates and keep working hard. I thank my teammates at Real Madrid, and the national team, as well as the coaches. Thanks to the club president and my family. Thanks to everyone for the trust and to Jean-Michel Aulas. I thank everyone who has been part of my journey, including the president of Olympique Lyonnais,” said the ram.

“Without the coaches, it would have been impossible to be here. I have enjoyed every moment on the pitch. I have played with such great teammates and I thank them too. I want to thank my mother,” he added.

“For me there is no other striker like Ronaldo. I am very glad that he is here. What he has done on the field is history, it is unique and cannot be achieved again. This is the striker I would like to have in my team. He is like Zizu. It’s history, it’s an example for all strikers, not just me,” Benzema said.

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