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Bayern Munich superstar tips Benzema to win the Ballon d’Or 2022: “He deserves it”



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The months leading up to the prestigious Ballon d’Or ceremony are usually the most controversial in the football year. Endless articles and heated debates progress into arguments over who should be awarded football’s most prestigious individual award.

However, the scenario this season is different. There is not only a sense of calm but a generalised acceptance that Karim Benzema will walk away with the award from France Football.

The consensus amongst players, pundits and fans is a testament to the record-breaking and unprecedented season that the Frenchman had for Real Madrid last year.

Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mane, who is also in contention for the award, tipped the Real Madrid captain to walk away with the award on the 17th of October. As revealed by Canal Plus Football, he said:

“Karim Benzema deserves the Ballon d’Or. I’m happy for him.”

It is being reported that Benzema will not just win the award later this month but do so with the highest difference of points to second place in the history of the award.

While it remains to be seen if the claim is true, it would justify the lack of noise around the Ballon d’Or this season.

In 32 La Liga games last season, the Real Madrid captain scored 27 goals and provided 12 assists for the team. His 15 goals in the UEFA Champions League saw the team steer past some of Europe’s finest clubs in breathtaking fashion.

One is specifically reminded of his hat-trick against PSG and Chelsea in the knockouts that turned around lost games into stunning victories.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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