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.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.