Why Karim Benzema deserves to win Ballon d'Or 2022

Karim Benzema
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema has had an excellent year, playing a crucial role in the side's successful Champions League campaign (Image credit: Getty)

When Real Madrid started the 2021/22 season, they were by no means anyone's favourites to win the Champions League come May, and were largely unfancied in La Liga against an Atletico Madrid side which had strengthened their league-winning squad with Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo De Paul. 

Indeed, Real Madrid's team seemed a far cry from the imperious beast which won three Champions League trophies in as many years from 2016 to 2018. Cristiano Ronaldo was already long gone, joined in the summer of 2021 by Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. Marcelo and Gareth Bale, meanwhile, were stuck on the bench, Carlo Ancelotti opting for fresher, hungrier players.

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.