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National team manager backs Real Madrid superstar for Ballon d’Or award

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Every year around September, the world begins its usual debate of who should win the coveted Ballon d’Or. With two to three contenders having a solid claim every year, the decision is far from unanimous.

However, there is not much noise around the contenders for the award presented by France Football presented this season, the reason for it being that there is a clear favourite to take it home, in the form of Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema.

France international team manager Didier Deschamps was asked earlier this week whether Benzema deserved to win the Ballon d’Or this year. As quoted by RMC Sport, he responded,

“Benzema winning Ballon d’Or? He deserves it, I hope he wins it.”

The French striker had an unreal run across all competitions last season and led Real Madrid’s campaign both domestically and in Europe. He found the back of the net a whopping 44 times last season and provided 14 assists in the process.

Earlier this year, he was named ‘The Best Men’s player’ by UEFA for his otherworldly performance and consistency last season. Now, he is clearly the favourite to pick up the Ballon d’Or too.

Benzema’s start to the 2022-23 season has not been ideal. The Frenchman was injured in Real Madrid’s game against Celtic and has missed the team’s last three matches. 

It was expected that Real Madrid would struggle without the talisman’s services. However, being the winning machine that they are, Los Blancos have found alternative sources for goals in recent games. Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde, in particular, have stepped on the gas and made up for Benzema’s absence.

Nevertheless, Carlo Ancelotti will hope to have the striker’s services back soon, especially with a hectic October coming up.

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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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