Benzema, the incredible disillusion –


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    Karim Benzema

    Only fourth in the 2021 Ballon d’Or …

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    Lionel messi

    For a 7th Ballon d’Or!

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    Lionel messi

    The Argentine genius had come with his little family.

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    The Ballon d’Or 2021

    The suspense ended on Monday evening.

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    Robert lewandowski

    The Pole is 2nd in the Ballon d’Or (and winner of the

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    Karim Benzema

    A dream passes for “KB9”, only 4th …

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    Cristiano Ronaldo

    A nice 6th place for “CR7”.

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    Kylian Mbappé

    Present at the Théâtre du Chatelet, it is ranked 9th.

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    Gianluigi Donnarumma

    The Yachine Trophy for the Italian porter.

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    Nominated for the Ballon d’Or and above all winner of the Kopa Trophy.

Cited among the big favorites of the Ballon d’Or 2021, at the height of Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema does not even appear on the podium in the end.

Karim Benzema shone through his absence in Paris where the Ballon d’Or 2021 was awarded this Monday evening as part of the Théâtre du Châtelet. And for good reason … The Spanish press echoed earlier in the day a sulking of the Merengue, annoyed to find himself eclipsed by Lionel messi and Robert lewandowski, the other two names of the most cited contenders in recent days. The disappointment is even worse for the striker of the Blues.

In the final count, KB9 is not third behind the now seven-time Argentinian Ballon d’Or and its Polish runner-up, but fourth! Winner of the Champions League with Chelsea and the European Nations Championship with Italy, Jorginho ahead of him. And by far if we are to believe the totals revealed at the end of the evening, according to the votes cast by the 170 voting journalists: 460 points for Jorginho against 239 points for Benzema.

Leaded by the collective

Winner of the League of Nations with the France team, Karim Benzema undoubtedly pays there – beyond his remarkable individual performances – the premature elimination of the Blues at the Euro (from the eighth against Switzerland) and Real Madrid’s white season. Some will perhaps have sanctioned him for his extra-sporting concerns, even if his recent conviction in the case of the intimate video of Mathieu Valbuena will have been after the closure of the votes.

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