Here are the reasons why Benzema can hardly miss the Golden Ball title 2022.
1. Benzema has scored too many goals
The key component of any Ballon d’Or race is the statistics. And Benzema has been outstanding in this regard this past season.
In 46 games for the team last year, the Frenchman made 44 goals and contributed 15 assists. The season-long scoring streak Benzema has enabled him to surpass all other strikers in Europe in 2022.
2. Solid performance vs PSG
Benzema has lifted Madrid on several occasions in recent years, but his performance against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last year’s round of 16 may have been his best.
Real lost the first leg 0–1 and then dropped the second leg 0–1 after the first half. But Benzema began the legendary comeback with an incredible hat-trick. A true leader possesses such qualities.
3. ‘The king’ at Stamford Bridge
After single-handedly dragging Real into the Champions League quarter-finals, Benzema continued to explode at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge. He scored a double to help the White Vulture take a big advantage from the first leg against the defending champions.
A 3-1 victory in the first leg at the opponent’s field helped a lot for Los Blancos when despite a 2-3 defeat in the second leg, they still won the right to continue with a total score of 5-4.
4. courageous panenka
In the Champions League semifinals, Benzema outshone Ederson with a spectacular panenka against the Manchester City goalkeeper.
Prior to that, Benzema missed four penalties in the season of 2021–2022. Real dominate Man City psychologically before to the second leg thanks to this psychological punch. Because it indicates that Benzema’s teammates have great faith in their ability to win at the Bernabeu.
5. Overcoming Raul, close to Ronaldo’s record
Another big milestone for Benzema in 2022 is surpassing Raul to become Real’s second all-time top scorer. He did this in an impressive way when he scored the opening goal in the European Super Cup win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Benzema’s next target is Cristiano Ronaldo. He is only 126 goals behind CR7 before entering the 2022/23 season. So anything can happen.
6. Without Benzema, Real is soulless
Without Benzema, Real Madrid would not have captured the treble last year. Los Blancos only prevailed in three of the eight games in which this striker was absent, according to statistics.
Without Benzema, they had some quite poor outcomes. The King’s Cup quarterfinal loss to Athletic Bilbao and the 0-4 humiliation at the hands of Barcelona were the two most agonizing results.
7. Too many titles
Not only has an impressive personal record, Benzema also won a lot of titles in the past season. In 2022 alone, he has 4 titles including the Spanish Super Cup, La Liga, Champions League and most recently, the European Super Cup.
Winning many collective titles means a lot in the race to win the Ballon d’Or. And Benzema is showing his superiority.
8. Opponents are not flawless
Of course, Benzema will have opposition from other candidates in the 2022 Ballon d’Or campaign. He is the only person to have fully realized both individual and collective accomplishments.
Despite scoring fantastic goals, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski were unsuccessful in the Champions League. Although outstanding, Kevin De Bruyne is not as brilliant on an individual basis. Suddenly, in the second half of the 2021–2022 season, Mohamed Salah halted. Sadio Mane, in contrast, has only won two domestic championships, including the Premier League and the Champions League.
9. Messi & Ronaldo both disappeared
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the Ballon d’Or in recent years. However, both of these superstars have fallen in the 2021/22 season.
Messi has only 5 goals in Ligue 1 and has every league title. Meanwhile, although Ronaldo scored 24 in all competitions, MU was extremely depressed. The loss of this duo makes Benzema no longer afraid of any opponent.