There is certainly the prestige aspect of such an award, but Real Madrid know how to “receive” as they say. Karim Benzema will get a nice little cheque for his win last night. France Football is not providing any money, but the White House will take care of that. Our colleagues at AS have announced the amount.

The 34-year-old Lyon native is expected to get a bonus of around €1 million for the top prize, coupled with a one-season extension at Madrid until 2024, which leaves little doubt as to what he will get. It’s a fair deal for the captain of Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

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