Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was emotional as he gave his speech at the 2022 Ballon d’Or ceremony which he won for the very first time. Benzema has had the most goal involvement of 56 counts which was followed by four runner-ups, Kylian Mbappe (55), Robert Lewandowski (54), Mohamed Salah (46), and Christopher Nkunku (41).
Real Madrid in which he plays for, won the Champions league trophy along with laliga, Spanish and European super cups.
The 34 year old who had managed 44 goal in 46 matches last season collected the award at the ceremony as he had this to say:
“It makes me really proud,” said Benzema. “All the work I did, I never gave up. It was a childhood dream like all kids [have]. I had two motivations in my life – Zidane and Ronaldo. I’ve always had this dream in my mind that anything is possible.
“There was a difficult period where I wasn’t in the French team, but I never stopped working hard nor gave up. I always kept my head, concentrated on playing football and I’m really proud of my journey here. It wasn’t easy, it was a difficult time. It was hard for my family as well. To be here today, for the first time for me, I’m happy and pleased with my work and I keep going.
“I want to thank my team-mates, whether it’s Real Madrid or the national team. My coach, thanks to him as well. The Real Madrid president as well.
“I have a lot of people to thank. It’s an individual prize, but it’s a collective one because everyone has played a role.”