On October 17, Karim Benzema was crowned winner of the prestigious Ballon d'Or in Paris. With his unique playing style, goal record, and quick thinking on the pitch, Benzema is considered to be one of the best footballers of his generation.
Earlier this year, he received the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award for his formidable performance in the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League, which he won with his current club Real Madrid CF. He was also named La Liga Player of the Season 2021-22. After having been nominated nine times since 2009, Benzema, who is in his best form yet, finally won one of the highest honours in the football world.
1. A formidable career
With 615 appearances and 328 goals to date, Benzema's club career with Real Madrid CF is nothing short of impressive. Benzema has been part of the La Liga club since 2009 and last season, was made captain of the squad.
He holds the record for the fastest goal in El Clasico history, netting a goal against FC Barcelona just 21 seconds after kick-off in 2021. At 34 years and 108 days, he is also the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League in a match against Chelsea in the 2021-22 season.