BENZEMA SCORES FIRST PRE-SEASON GOAL

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored his first pre-season this summer during the friendly clash with Mexican side Club America. The 2022 FIFA Ballond'orfavourite scored one of the goals for his team in a 2-2 draw with Club America.It was the first game of pre-season for Benzema.




EL CLASICO: LEWANDOWSKI MAKES BARCELONA DEBUT

Polish international Robert Lewandowski has made his debut for new club Barcelona following his transfer from German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich. Two-time FIFA Ballond'or winner Lewandowski had one year left on his current deal with the German Bundesliga outfit before he left the club to join Barcelona.




MANE COMPLETES BAYERN MUNICH TRANSFER

Senegalese international star Sadio Mane has completed his transfer from Liverpool to German side Bayern Munich after he was unveiled on Wednesday. The FIFA Ballond'or contender underwent his medical at Bayern Munich on Tuesday as part of his transfer to the Allianz Arena. Liverpool and Bayern Munich had earlier agreed a transfer fee for the FIFA Ballond'or contender at the end of last week.




UCL: BENZEMA BOOSTS BALLON D'OR BID

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has boosted his FIFA Ballond'or bid after winning the UEFA Champions League (UCL) title with his team. The Frenchman led the attack as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the final in Paris to win the competition for the 14th time. With the UCL win in Paris, Benzema is now the overwhelming favourite to win the FIFA Ballond'or. The ex-Lyon striker was unable to score against Liverpool during the final which ended in a 1-0 win for Real Madrid. However, ending on the winning side has made him the favourite to win the award at the end of the year.




FA/CUP: MANE BOOSTS BALLON D'OR BID

Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has boosted his bid to win the FIFA Ballond'or this year after he played a part in the FA Cup title triumph enjoyed by his team on Saturday. Senegalese international Mane is one of the major contenders for the FIFA Ballond'or as he has had a phenomenal year. The other major contenders for the FIFA Ballond'or this year are Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker KylianMbappe.




FIFA BALLON D'OR 2022: THIS IS KARIM BENZEMA'S YEAR

Football pundits are convinced that 2022 will likely be Karim Benzema's year to finally win the prestigious Ballon d'Or trophy. He is having a phenomenal season with Real Madrid, and the clamour for him to win the prize is starting to grow even if the awarding itself is still several months away.

Real Madrid need to score only just a single point from their remaining five games to claim the La Liga Santander title. This seems inevitable, and a league title coupled with the Spanish Super Cup will give Benzema a lot of leverage when it comes to the Ballon d'Or selection. On top of that, even if Real Madrid does not eventually win the UEFA Champions League, which they still can, the Frenchman has recorded some of his most outstanding performances to date in the competition.




BENZEMA: HAT-TRICK BOOSTS BALLON D'OR BID

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is an early frontrunner for this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or award after he scored a hat-trick against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League this week thus making him the first player to score successive Champions League hat-tricks since Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the feat at Real Madrid during the 2016/17 season.




RONALDO: HAT-TRICK BOOSTS BALLON D'OR BID

Cristiano Ronaldo has given his hopes of winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or for 2022 a big boost after he scored all the Manchester United goals in the recent league win over Tottenham Hotspur. Ronaldo was the main difference as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at home last weekend in a game of two teams fighting for a place in the top four as far as the Premier League log is concerned. Only a place in the Premier League top four will guarantee a place in next season’s Champions League campaign.




MANE BOOSTS BALLON D'OR BID

Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane has boosted his bid of winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or after he scored the only goal of the game to lead Liverpool to a 1-0 win at home to West Ham United in the Premier League.
Mane has had a good year till date and he's already an early contender to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is the reigning Ballon d'Or winner after winning each of the last two editions.




SALAH BOOSTS AWARD HOPES WITH GOALS

Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah is one of the early contenders to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for this year after his sensational start to the season. The Egyptian senior national team skipper would be hoping to go two better than the last time after he finished third behind Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in last year's edition of the FIFA Ballon d'Or award as revealed by the organisers last month. Poland international Lewandowski saw off Messi and Salah to win the award for the second year in a row.




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