‘I can’t do much more’ to win Ballon d’Or, says Benzema

29/5/2022 4:57:00 AM

‘I can’t do much more’ to win Ballon d’Or, says Benzema

‘I can’t do much more’ to win Ballon d’Or, says Benzema

PARIS, May 29 — Karim Benzema admitted he had done all he could with Real Madrid this season to make himself favourite for the Ballon d’Or after helping the Spanish giants beat...

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Sunday, 29 May 2022 7:24 AM MYT PARIS, May 29 — Karim Benzema admitted he had done all he could with Real Madrid this season to make himself favourite for the Ballon d’Or after helping the Spanish giants beat Liverpool 1-0 in Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris.Benzema did not score in the final at the Stade de France as Vinicius Junior netted the only goal of the game, but the Frenchman finished as the Champions League’s top scorer with 15 including 10 in the knockout rounds.They then scored with their first legal attempt on goal when Vinicius Jr tapped in Federico Valverde's cross in the 59th minute.“Of course,” the 34-year-old told Canal Plus when asked if the Ballon d’Or was on his mind after a season in which he also won La Liga with Real Madrid.Dhont’s Close is a tender portrait of two boys facing bullying as they learn to grapple with their budding sexuality, while Denis won for Stars at Noon, a love story set against political tensions in Central America.“Now I will join up with the national team but I don’t think I can do much more with my club.It's mental work.“We will see what happens, but in any case I am proud of what I have done.We certainly don’t get healed simply because someone told us to.

” Benzema will join up with the France squad for a series of Uefa Nations League games in June after finishing the season with 44 goals altogether for Real.In the second half we did as always, won a final," Benzema, the campaign's top scorer with 15 goals, said.It was a great year for music-lovers — Baz Luhrmann shaking things up with his much-anticipated rock’n’roll biopic, Elvis , and critics blown away by an ultra-immersive documentary about David Bowie, Moonage Daydream.He scored hat-tricks against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the Champions League knockout rounds and netted three times across the two legs of the semi-final against Manchester City.“There is no luck,” he said in reference to a series of remarkable comeback wins on their run to the final.He knows, however, that the matter is not in his hands any more as the season draws to a close.“You can be lucky once but not every time.Several Ukrainian films received special screenings, and there was bitter debate over the inclusion of Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov in the main competition, despite his condemnation of the war.We deserve our victory.I have trophies and I have nothing else (to prove) on the pitch.Others heal by spending quiet time with themselves.

We put in the effort, we came back every time, we never gave up.“Every player is important in our squad, whether they are a starter or a substitute, or they don’t play often but give everything in training.Benzema's hat-trick in the quarter-final, first leg at Chelsea and his extra-time goal in the return plus his three goals against Manchester City in the semis, including the decisive extra-time penalty, could see him become the first Frenchman to win the Ballon d'Or since Zinedine Zidane in 1998.Last year’s jury, led by US director Spike Lee, gave the Palme to a woman for only the second time in the festival’s history — French director Julia Ducournau for the gory and radical Titane.” Benzema, who has now won five Champions Leagues with Real, added that ending the season as the competition’s top scorer was “exceptional”.“But the most important thing is to win this fifth Champions League.” The winner of the Ballon d’Or will be revealed in a ceremony in Paris in October, before this year’s World Cup in Qatar.There are those who actually heal by leaning into their worst fears and preparing for it.

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