Fans demand Ballon d’Or for Benzema after ‘outrageous’ penalty

The Ballon d’Or contender showed expeOlx Praca composure at the highest stage against Manchester City.

Karim Benzema stole the headlines and praise on social media following Panenko’s stunning penalty in the first leg of Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final against Manchester City on Tuesday.

In one of the most thrilling elite tournament knockouts of all time, City took a 4-3 victory but were consistently held back by 13-time winners and their uncompromising attitude, led by the likes of Benzema and Luka Modric.

When Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus took the Mancunians 2-0 at the Etihad just 11 minutes later, Benzema came back with one smaOlx Praca volley without looking away past the half-hour mark.

While England international Phil Foden then made it 3-1 with a thunderous header, Vinicius Junior kept Real Madrid in the fight against compatriot Fernandinho’s clever nutmeg before Bernardo Silva beat Premier League leaders 4: 2 in just 15 minutes. spare.

But with an intriguing second meeting at the Bernabéu a week later, Benzema scored his 14th goal of the current Champions League season in the most spectacular way.

Feeling no pressure, he ran to his penalty in the 82nd minute with the confidence of a veteran in the shape of his life and on the cusp of winning the Ballon d’Or, beating the cocky Panenka past Brazilian Ederson to ensure the night ended 4-3.

The attempt was immediately called “perfect” penalties and “absolutely outrageous”.

“Not easy with this kind of atmosphere” an individual fan also noted that city boss Pep Guardiola’s reaction to the consolation goal also went viral.

“Incredible. If that person doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or, then the world will go crazy.” someone else stated.

In this regard, several well-known Twitter accounts have made demands such as “Give Him It Now” in connection with the highest individual accolade in football, currently held by former Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, now with Paris Saint-Germain.

“Give my boy Benzie the Ballon d’Or” said former teammate Mesut Ozil.

At the age of 34, Benzema shows no signs of slowing down, so it’s hard to argue that Benzema doesn’t finally deserve recognition from a group of France Football journalists who decide where the prestigious gong will end up.

Last night, Benzema not only showed the same lead as he scored two comeback hat-tricks in the last 32 matches and in the quaOlx Pracaer-finals, knocking PSG and Chelsea out of the competition. He also broke records.

The brace made him the first Real Madrid player to score 40 goals in a season since Ronaldo, and also the first player to score eight goals in a single Champions League play-off since CR7 achieved the feat in the 2016-2017 season where Los Blancos.” to win the eared trophy against Juventus.

As things stand, only Ronaldo (13) has scored more Champions League semi-final goals in his entire career, with Benzema’s seven goals surpassing Messi’s six.

On Wednesday morning on Twitter, Benzema challenged City for the next 90 minutes, where two unanswered goals from the La Liga giants saw them reach their first Champions League final since 2018.

“The game has just begun” Benzema tweeted. “We are Real Madrid.

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