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Why Benzema will win the 2022 Ballon d'Or: Hat-tricks, headers and that Panenka

After so many years playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid's attack, Karim Benzema has solidified his own legend in recent times. Indeed, over the past year, the France forward has been a living, breathing highlight reel.

Benzema has treated us to a glut of GIF-able moments, often on the grandest stage, positioning himself as the undisputed favourite to clinch his first ever Ballon d'Or on Monday.

It is only a matter of hours until he gets his hands on the trophy, and here are a few of the reasons why we are so sure that 'King Karim' deserves to be crowned the best player in the world...

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