Karim Benzema is a bit more again within the historical past of soccer this Monday night. The Frenchman gained the 66th version of the Ballon d’Or France Soccer forward of Sadio Mané (Bayern Munich), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis) and Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona). The Actual Madrid striker has concluded a really improbable yr in the very best method. Along with this particular person trophy, the Habs carried the Merengues at arm’s size and led them to the Champions League title final season. A justified reward based on all observers who salute a rare participant regardless of his age. The Minister of Sports activities, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, welcomed for her half “An unbelievable journey with distinctive expertise, plenty of arduous work and plenty of resilience. »
Noël Le Graët additionally spoke after the victory of his compatriot on the Théâtre du Châtelet. “I’m actually very glad for Karim, who absolutely deserves this Ballon d’Or. This distinction rewards his great season however above all celebrates the expertise of one of many biggest strikers on the planet and within the historical past of French soccer, alongside Kopa, Platini, Papin and Zidane. Karim is a rare striker, who could make the distinction at any time along with his pure expertise, a gesture, an inspiration, however he’s additionally a participant on the service of the collective, who is aware of step apart to attain. He has continued to progress throughout his profession and it’s one other of his deserves to be as we speak an indeniable chief. confided the president of the FFF.
A Ballon d’Or on benefit
For his half, the president of Olympique Lyonnais, Jean-Michel Aulas, returned to the profession of the kid of the membership by expressing all of the pleasure he feels for his former striker with the conclusion of the well-known reward that he obtained in entrance of a powerful viewers of football-related personalities. “It’s an immense pleasure with plenty of emotion as a result of Karim is a baby of OL. He’s a baby that we now have seen develop up and that we now have seen flourish. We’ve got seen him achieve nearly the whole lot he has undertaken. After which it’s for us, who not solely employed him since his first contracts he signed with us. It’s a pleasure” commented the sturdy man of the Rhone membership.
Many former high-level gamers, together with legends of soccer, additionally took to their social networks to welcome a stupendous and simply reward for the 34-year-old participant. We will notably point out Iker Casillas who welcomed the coronation of his former teammate at Actual Madrid. “Among the many few issues I agree with France Soccer on: the winner needed to be (Karim) Benzema! Congratulations “ wrote on his twitter account the historic doorman of Casa Bianca. For his half, Michael Owen, Ballon d’Or in 2001, recalled that the Frenchman was out of competitors this yr: “Congratulations to (Karim) Benzema. Absolutely the standout candidate this yr. Properly-deserved. » Sober and environment friendly.
Kaka, one other winner of the Ballon d’Or in 2007, additionally wished to congratulate the “Nueve”, as did his compatriot Kylian Mbappé, who ranked 6th on this version, or Olivier Giroud on his Instagram account. The identical goes for Juninho, who performed with Karim Benzema at OL between 2005 and 2009. “For me it’s deserved, he labored for it. The time has are available in his profession to obtain this award that only a few gamers have obtained within the historical past of soccer and I’m glad. He actually is an entire striker and as I say: Properly completed Karim, you actually deserve it” commented the previous Lyonnais at Progress. Unanimous reactions which verify the brand new standing of the native of Lyon, now on the roof of world soccer.