Real Madrid defied all odds last season as they lifted the Champions League for a record 14th time. Los Blancos had an absolute roller coaster ride on the way to the UCL title. Nobody had expected a Real Madrid squad with no Ronaldo to live in the Champions league and rule Europe. But they really proved why they are called the kings of Europe. The historical club made even more history as they also clinched the La Liga title in style. Karim Benzema was the top scorer in La Liga as well as the Champions League as he had a stellar season.
Karim Benzema was hands down the best player in the world last season. The Frenchman seemed to be on a level that nobody could reach last season. He was scoring goals for fun against the likes of PSG, Chelsea, and Manchester City. It was he who was the deciding factor in almost every knockout game for Real Madrid. It is no doubt that the Ballon D’or would have justice done to it only if Benzema lifts it this time. And sure enough, Benzema lifted the Ballon d’Or 2022 on 15th October and created history.
It was a stellar season that ended in the best possible way for Benzema and Real Madrid. The Frenchman was followed up by Sadio Mane, who was sensational for Senegal and Liverpool. Kevin De Bruyne came in 3rd as he guided Manchester City to yet another Premier League title. Not just this, Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois won the award for the best goalkeeper of the season. The Yashin trophy winner was unbeatable in between the sticks for Real Madrid. It was his performance in the final against Liverpool that just escalated his position to a new level.
Zidane calls Benzema the ‘Best striker in french history’
Benzema’s former manager, Zinedine Zidane has lauded praise on the Frenchman’s quality and why he deserved the award. Zidane managed Benzema for a total of 5 years. But it was his later stint in which Benzema took center stage and stepped up. Zidane and Benzema won 2 La Liga titles and 4 UCL titles together.
“The best striker in the history of French football? Everyone has their favourite player. Some people will tell you it’s Jean-Pierre Papin with his exceptional goals, others will talk about Michel Platini. For me, it’s Karim, yes, because I’ve been around him and I know what he’s worth. In any case, he deserves to be very high. I wish him to continue for a long time to go for records and to shine on the field, with Real Madrid and with the French team. “
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