Karim Benzema makes his joy known after winning the Ballon d’or award
Karim Benzema stood tall in the list of contenders for this year’s balloon d’or award.
As expected by many, France and Real Madrid talisman Benzema was crowned the winner of the award, followed by Sadio Mane and Kevin de Bruyne.
Karim Benzema was very instrumental in Real Madrid’s 14th Champions League triumph and also in the Spanish La Liga also.
“Seeing this award in front of me makes me really proud of the work I’ve done”, as per reports from BBC Sport.
“It was childhood dream to win this. I had two role models in Zidane and Ronaldo and I always dreamt that anything is possible.
“There was a difficult period where I wasn’t in the French team but I never stopped working hard or gave up.
“I’m really proud of my journey as it wasn’t easy. To be here today for the first time, I’m happy and pleased my work has paid off.
“I want to thank my team-mates at Real Madrid and France. My coach, and the Real Madrid president, who is here this evening, and also Jean-Michel Aulas [Lyon president].
“There are lots of people to thank. It’s an individual prize, but also a collective one, because of everyone who played a role in it.”
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