DECRYPTION – Despite top performances in 2021, Karim Benzema is not the big favorite at the Ballon d’Or. Here’s why.
The race is on but questions remain. What are the criteria for the award of the Ballon d’Or? The question comes up often, and France Football, which gives the prestigious award each year, answered it in 2018. There is “three main criteriaIn the following order. First the “individual and collective performances (ranking) during the year“. Then “player class (talent and fair play)“. Finally, the “player careerMust also be taken into account by the international jury of journalists. If Karim Benzema ticks certain boxes, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, to name a few, also have quite a few arguments.
White season in Madrid
This is where the shoe pinches for Karim Benzema: Real Madrid did not lift a trophy in the 2020-21 season. His celebrated return to the French team gave rise to a heavy disappointment at the Euro. That he mitigated by a coronation in the League of Nations, whose prestige is not comparable. Lionel Messi, he offered himself a
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