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Forgiven by Deschamps, return to a Euro after adding Champions League semis and final fight for the League. A good tournament with France could boost him on a Ballon d’Or where he has never been Top-15.

Karim Benzema, during a match with Madrid.SUSANA VERAREUTERS

At the press conference that put an end to the sports and social controversy that France has experienced since Karim Benzema (Lyon, 1987) stopped going to the national team, Didier Deschamps, coach of the French team, summarize in two words the change in attitude that he had seen in the forward of the Madrid: “Serenity and maturity“. The coach’s decision.”does sports justice“, it is stated in Valdebebas, to the last soccer years of a Benzema that has also changed on a personal level. It is not the same as in 2015. He already has two children, a stable partner, and he attended the advice of Zinedine Zidane when after his arrival on the bench he insisted that he had to work on his physique to have a longer career at Madrid.

Five courses later, with 33 to, the attacker carries 22 league goals, his second highest figure as a Real Madrid player (24 in 15-16), and adds 29 Among all the competitions, the third best mark of his time in Madrid. In fact, since the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo for Juventus only the Portuguese (81), Lewandowski (96), Messi (91), Mbapp (77) e Immobile (71) accumulate more than Benzema (64) in the national leagues. Some data that have forced Deschamps to call him for a Eurocup that could catapult the striker to the top positions of the Baln de Oro, an award in which it has never been valued in the first positions.

Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup

Despite the four Champions and three Leagues achieved in Chamartn, Benzema, one of the best strikers of his generation, has never been chosen in the top 15 positions of the award: 19 in 2011, 16 in 2014, 20 in 2015, 25 in 2017, 17 in 2018 and 26 in 2019. Lyon have seen how over the past decade peers like Cristiano, Casillas, zil, Di Mara, Bale, Pepe, Modric, Ramos, Isco and Varane They came out in that top, either because of Madrid’s achievements or because of the performances with their national teams.

Deschamps’ punishment deprived him of being part of the French team that was finalist in the Euro 2016 and what raised the World in 2018, two years in which Benzema won the Champions League dressed in white but in which he suffered for not having fulfilled “one of his childhood dreams”, to win with his country. In 2016 it was not even included in the final list of the award and in 2018 it was 17, behind 5 French footballers who took part of the top 15 positions: Griezmann, Mbapp, Varane, Kant and Pogba. One can imagine what position Benzema would have finished in all these years had he been part of ‘Blues‘, but Deschamps’ sporting forgiveness now gives him a unique opportunity. Champions semi-finalist and at the expense of what happens in the League, his apparent ownership in a France that starts as an absolute favorite to the continental tournament increases his chances of achieving the best position of his life in the Baln de Oro.

Renovation … And Lyon?

Whatever happens in the League and in the Eurocup, the Benzema’s summer is going to be moved. During the next few months to sign a renewal with Madrid that goes “well on the way“. The contract ends in 2022 and the club wants to extend it a year, a house rule, until the Frenchman walks towards the 35 to And maybe you already think about his golden retirement with his people from Lyon, his great and last football illusion as well as lifting a trophy with France.

In 2022, curiously, the contract for Mbapp, and in 2024 the one from Haaland will, young people pointed in red in the Madrid agenda to take on Madrid’s ‘9’. With Kylian now playing in the Eurocup forming a couple that Real Madrid dreams of for a couple of years. Karim is a fraud for the attacker of the PSG and in Valdebebas it is already expected, between jokes, let Benzema do ‘Field work‘with Mbapp to finally convince him to make the jump to the Bernabu.


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