Since the start of last season, there has been no doubt regarding the fact that Karim Benzema is the best player in the world. In all competitions he scored 44 goals and 15 assists, this Frenchman was the star of Real Madrid’s victory in La Liga and his league in the Champions League.
As a result, he was the only 2022 Ballon d’Or winner and nothing less than a legendary striker.
The 34-year-old’s game-changing singles win stats have been revealed, showing just how much of a decisive victory it was for him.
Karim Benzema won last year’s Ballon d’Or with the second-largest margin of votes ever, while Cristiano Ronaldo remains top of the list with his 2016 win, with 549 points, according to MARCA’s latest information.
For comparison, the five-time Champions League winner finished with 549 points, while runner-up Sadio Mane finished with just 195 points, 356 points behind.
In 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo won with 745 points while Lionel Messi was second with 316 (429 behind).
Of the 93 journalists who were part of the authoritative panel that chose the final winner, a staggering 89 voted for Benzema as the top dog.
Egyptian and Dutch journalists chose Mohamed Salah, while Senegalese and Slovenian journalists chose Sadio Mane and Kevin De Bruyne respectively.
The numbers show how dominant Karim Benzema has been throughout the previous season. He was particularly trying to differentiate himself from the rest of the players, showing class in his round of knockouts in the Champions League.
After all, we can only say that the timeless Benzema deserved to win the Ballon d’Or after reaching great heights.
Karim Benzema on winning the Ballon D’Or award
Taking the award home, Karim Benzema told Spanish radio station Onda Cero how much his long career has meant to him.
He stated, “To see this prize in front of me makes me really proud. It was a childhood dream for me and with all the work I have done, I never gave up.”
“I always had in my mind that anything was possible, when I was not in the France team I never stopped working hard.”
“I am really proud of my journey here. It was not easy, it was a difficult time and also for my family as well. To be standing here today for the first time, I am happy for my work and will keep going.”