Ballon d’Or winner karim Benzema became the fifth Frenchman to win the Ballon d’Or on Monday. The press is unanimous on the merit of the striker and captain of Real Madrid after his exceptional season.
Karim Benzema’s coronation at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on Monday was widely reported in the world press. The 34-year-old from Madrid won the Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual award in football.
Ballon d’Or winner Benzema
Unsurprisingly, France Football, which has organized the Ballon d’Or since 1956, got the ball rolling by unveiling the cover of its special issue as soon as the prize was awarded: “un si BO rêve” (such a beautiful dream), it headlined, playing on the unity of the abbreviation for the award and the adjective “beautiful”.
L’Équipe followed the weekly’s lead with its front page. France’s leading sports daily explained that the “Ballon [is] at home”. For its part, the regional newspaper “Le Progrès” believes that the child from Bron, in the Lyon area, has now become a “legend”.
Le Républicain Lorrain is the only other regional daily, along with Le Courrier Picard, to place Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema on its front page, highlighting the “planetary consecration” of “KB9”.
To the party in Spain
In Spain, where he has been playing since 2009, Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema’s victory is making headlines in the sports newspapers. The pro-Real Madrid daily, recalls that he waited faithfully in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo before stepping into the light. The Spanish newspaper says: “He was seen as Ronaldo’s partner for years. But now it’s his turn to shine.
The pro-Barça newspapers logically shared the front page with Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas, who retained her crown. “Justified and golden”, says Marca, while Mundo deportivo speaks of “pure gold”.