Real Madrid fans believe Karim Benzema should win the Ballon d’Or this year after his winner against Chelsea in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final.
Los Blancos suffered a 2-3 defeat but secured their place in the semi-finals with a 5-4 aggregate win.
In a thrilling return encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Blues took a 3-0 lead to overturn their first-leg deficit (1-3). They were just minutes from the semi-final when Rodrygo’s wonder goal in the 80th minute pushed the clash into extra time.
Midway through the first half of the extra thirty minutes, Benzema headed home after a 96th-minute cross from Vinicius Junior to seal Real Madrid’s place in the semi-finals.
Benzema’s winning goal showed how important it is to Los Blancosafter scoring a sensational hat-trick at Stamford Bridge last week.
The Frenchman is enjoying the season of his life, with tonight’s goal being his 13th in his previous nine appearances and his 38th of the season in as many games.
Fans have taken to Twitter to hail Benzema with many considering the striker the favorite for the 2022 Ballon d’Or.
Here are some of the best reactions to its late winner:
Rio Ferdinand thinks Sir Alex Ferguson regrets not bringing Karim Benzema to Manchester United
Ahead of the blockbuster clash in the Spanish capital, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said Karim Benzema is currently the best striker in the world. He also claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson regretted not acquiring the striker in 2009.
Speaking as an expert on BT Sport, according to The Mail, Ferdinand said:
“When I played against him, I realized immediately that he was a top player.
“Benzema is one of the players Sir Alex will be most disgusted he hasn’t had. I thought this (a move to United) was going to happen.”
After snubbing Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2009, Benzema has become a club legend at the Bernabeu, scoring 317 goals in 597 games. He was also a key member of the team that won four Champions League titles in five seasons.
Ferdinand also believes the striker is helping the development of 21-year-old winger Vinicius Junior, who has had a stellar season at the club. He added:
“He has no better example than Benzema. Benzema took him under his wing. They have a relationship now.”