Three days after his festival against Belgium, Karim Benzema did it again against Spain by equalizing with a sublime candy. Better than that, with this victory in the League of Nations, the Madrilenian has achieved one of his dreams: winning a trophy with the France team.
At the whistle of the victorious final of the League of Nations against Spain (1-2), a large part of the eyes in the enclosure of San Siro were focused on the number 19 of the France team. A few seconds after the release, the joy of Karim Benzema is significant. Fists raised and looking up to the sky, KB19 turned his dream into reality: he returned to the France team to win his first international trophy. “On a collective and personal level, I wanted to win a trophy with the Blues. We showed character against a very strong team. We didn’t panic, we didn’t give up. I’m going to take advantage of this trophy, after that we have to qualify for the World Cup and go get it ” , explained the striker of the Blues at the microphone of M6 after the meeting.
The boss of the attack is him
The man who witnessed the madness of Moscow from afar three years ago now has his revenge. And what revenge! The French striker struggled hard during this Final 4 to seek the Grail in the bowels of the Milanese temple. France concede a goal seconds after smashing the bar by Theo Hernández? No problem, Karim Benzema immediately released a striking masterpiece wrapped in Unai Simón’s glasses to get his team back on track.
If he is not directly involved in Kylian Mbappé’s second pawn, the Merengue has once again proved that he is an essential link in this French team. Best of all, he was even elected man of the match. Three days earlier, who again got the Blues out of a bad patch against Belgium? Back to the wall after a catastrophic first period, the band at Deschamps owes its salvation to the strike from the left as a pivot from its attacker to reduce the score. The rest, we know it. Moreover, his teammates were quick to validate this comeback. “We are focused on the present, and the return of Karim was an important element for the France team, even if it still requires adjustments on the ground. But his stats speak for him, and it shows how important he is to the team. He’s one of the best players in the world, and it’s a privilege to be able to play with him ” , explained Hugo Lloris to the press on the eve of the final.
Give him that Golden Ball!
In terms of statistics, difficult to do better for the Madrilenian. Since returning to the blue jersey against Wales on June 2, KB19 has scored six goals and provided two assists in eleven matches. What to return to a small length of David Trezeguet (34 goals), in fifth place in the ranking of the best scorers in the history of the Blues. His statistics in the selection also confirm the canon season of the captain of Real, author of nine pawns and seven assists in eight games since the start of the 2021-2022 vintage. Considered THE star of La Liga since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema now wants to grab a new star, by going for the Golden Ball.
Karim we love you pic.twitter.com/8Vxu4dficT
– France team (@equipedefrance) October 10, 2021
Named among the 30 finalists, the Frenchman does not hide his ambition: he wants to win it. “It’s always nice to be named in the top 30 players in the world. Afterwards, it’s a goal all the time. For me, a football player must have this Golden Ball in his head to be able to come out of big games, win games, show things on the pitch for the public. Because we footballers play on the pitch to give emotions to people, to our families, to the supporters. So of course it’s a goal, all the time, like every footballer ” , confided the former Lyonnais on M6. With this League of Nations, KB19 now has a fifth ace up his sleeve, and intends to use it to succeed Zinédine Zidane, the last Frenchman to have snatched the supreme individual award. This is the mark of the grown-ups.
By Analie Simon