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Barcelona legend calls the Ballon d’Or to be awarded to Benzema ‘NOW’

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The Ballon d’Or is widely considered the pinnacle of individual awards in football. The prestigious award has been won by several Real Madrid players in the past including Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Fabio Cannavaro.

One player whom the award has eluded is Karim Benzema. The French international has been one of best player in the world for close to two seasons, but missed out on the award even last year to Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.

After Real Madrid’s win over Liverpool in the UCL final, Thierry Henry had no doubts that his compatriot deserved the award this season. Speaking during the post-match ,

“I have just one message to France Football – close the Ballon d’Or voting process NOW. Karim Benzema has already won it. Goodbye.”

Benzema has been instrumental in not only the club’s La Liga title but also their UEFA Champions League supremacy this season. In 12 UCL games, he scored 15 goals and provided two assists. His goal and assist tally in the recent La Liga season stand at 27 and 12 respectively.

Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah were the two main competitors to Benzema in his bid for the Ballon d’Or. However, Real Madrid’s win over the Merseyside club last night puts the Frenchman firmly in the drivers seat now.

Thierry Henry himself never won the coveted award in his career but came close on several occasions. Despite being the best player in the world during his time, his inability to win the Champions League saw him miss out on the individual honour.

Given that Benzema has now won domestic and European silverware, nothing, it seems, can stop him from walking away with the Ballon d’Or.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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