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Ballon d’Or: Benzema, Putellas win Ballon d’Or awards for best footballers in the world

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Ballon d’Or: Ballon d’Or award: Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema won the 2022 Ballon d’Or award for the best men’s player…

Ballon d’Or: Ballon d’Or award: Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema on Monday won the 2022 Ballon d’Or award for the best men’s player in the world, while Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas won the women’s award for the second time. Follow Ballon d’Or LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN

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Benzema, who played a central role in Real’s run to the Champions League title last season, is the first French player to win the trophy since Zinedine Zidane in 1998 and the fifth after Raymond Kopa, Michel Platini and Jean-Pierre Papin.

This prize in front of me makes me really proud. When I was little, it was a childhood dream, I never gave up… Everything is possibleBenzema said on stage at the ceremony.

There was a difficult period when I was not in the French team, but I never gave up. I am really proud of my journey here. It was not easy, it was also a difficult time for my family.”

Benzema beat Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne after Argentina’s Lionel Messi won the award for a record seventh time last year.

Ballon d’Or: Benzema, Putellas win Ballon d’Or awards for best footballers in the world

Ballon d’Or: Benzema, Putellas win Ballon d’Or awards for best footballers in the world

Benzema had a fantastic season with Real, scoring 44 goals in 46 games in all competitions as he helped guide them to a LaLiga and Champions League double. His 15 goals in the Champions League led Real to a record 14th title.

Real made remarkable comebacks after losing positions in the round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals against Paris St. Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City – with Benzema scoring in each of the other games.

The highlight of their European campaign was the 3-1 second-leg win against PSG when the Spanish club were 2-0 down on aggregate, with Benzema grabbing a 17th-minute second-half hat-trick to beat the Ligue 1 side. .

Ballon d'Or: Benzema, Putellas win Ballon d'Or awards for best footballers in the world
Ballon d’Or: Benzema, Putellas win Ballon d’Or awards for best footballers in the world

Spain international Putellas won the women’s Ballon d’Or for the second consecutive year, beating England’s EC winner Beth Mead and Australia’s Sam Kerr.

Putellas, who was also named FIFA Women’s Player of the Year earlier this year, was top scorer in the Champions League last season with 11 goals and scored 18 in the Primera Division.

However, the 28-year-old missed the EC for Spain after suffering an ACL injury on the eve of the tournament in England.

Real’s Thibaut Courtois won the Lev Yashin Award for best goalkeeper last season, with the towering shot-stopper making nine saves in the final to keep a clean sheet against Liverpool in a 1-0 win in Paris.

However, the teams in the Champions League final lost out on the best club award, which went to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who won a fourth Premier League title in five years.

Barca’s 18-year-old midfielder Gavi received the Kopa trophy for the best under-21 player, while Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mane won the first Socrates award, with the Senegalese international recognized for his humanitarian efforts.

Lewandowski didn’t go home empty-handed either, picking up the Gerd Muller trophy for best striker after scoring 50 goals in all competitions for Bayern last season.

Ballon d’Or: Benzema, Putellas win Ballon d’Or awards for best footballers in the world

Follow Ballon d’Or LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN

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