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Karim Benzema backed to win the Ballon d’Or by Barcelona superstar

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On 17th October 2022, the world of football will finally know the next official winner of the prestigious Ballon d’Or. The award will be presented by France Football in Paris, and local hero and Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema is the favourite to walk away with the honour.

There seems to be little debate over the Frenchman’s claim for the award as he seems set to win it by a record margin. Unsurprisingly, several pundits have placed their money on Benzema with there being no direct competitor.

In a recent clip on Movistar via Samuel Marsden, Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski was seen giving his two cents on this year’s Ballon d’Or and cheekily mentioned the condition on which Benzema would win it.

“Benzema is probably one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or, if they don’t cancel it, then probably he will win it, yes.”

The Pole’s statement comes in light of his missed chance with the individual award two years ago. Lewandowski was the undisputed favourite to win the award in 2020 but France Football cancelled the award owing to the COVID pandemic.

Lionel Messi’s Copa America triumph saw him walk away with the award in 2021 and the Barcelona striker had to settle for second place despite having a record-breaking season again at his former club Bayern Munich.

Benzema and Lewandowski will face off against each other in the weekend’s Clasico as Barcelona and Real Madrid fight it out for the top spot on the league standings. Both teams currently sit on level points and will fight tooth and nail to steal three points from their arch-rivals’ camp.

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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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