Karim Benzema of Real Madrid wins Men's Ballon d'Or 2022

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Real Madrid star karim Benzema walked away with the Ballon d'Or trophy in a ceremony held at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris

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Benzema become the first French player since Zinedine Zidane to win the top honour Zidane had won this award back in 1998

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Benzema was the favourite to win the award this year after winning the La Liga and Champions League

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Benzema also excelled in Madrid's Champions League winning run finishing as the Competitions top scored with 15

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Benzema's first Ballon d'Or One of the three main criteria for winning the award is team performance

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There was a difficult period where i wasn't in the French team but i never stopped working hard nor gave up

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I want to thank my team mates whether it's Real Madrid or the national team my coach thanks to him

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Benzema becomes the first Frenchman after Zinedine Zidane to win the Ballon d'Or award

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In the 2021-22 La Liga season he finished as the top scorer with 27 goals

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