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Explained: How Benzema's golden glasses and black collar Ballon d'Or look was inspired by Tupac

  • French forward a big fan of rap legend
  • Dressed the part at gala in Paris
  • Collected first Golden Ball of his career

WHAT HAPPENED? The France international has spoken of his admiration for Tupac on a regular basis down the years, with his social media timeline littered with images of a legendary figure from the music and film scene. Benzema offered another nod towards one of his childhood heroes when donning golden, round-framed glasses and a black collar on a night that saw him collect a prestigious Golden Ball as the best footballer on the planet.

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WHY WAS THE OUTFIT CHOSEN? Tupac wore a similar outfit when attending the 1996 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, with Benzema having previously revealed to Highsnobiety in 2017 that he grew up listening to hip hop, saying: “I must have been seven years old or eight years old. Yes, Tupac and all that.”


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