Football News

“Close the votes” — Thierry Henry says Karim Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d’Or

By Ben Green

Published: 20:48, 29 May 2022

Thierry Henry believes that fellow countryman Karim Benzema deserves to win this year’s Ballon d’Or after his heroic form in Real Madrid’s Champions League-winning campaign.

Los Blancos beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final on Saturday night to consolidate their status as Europe’s most succesful club, claiming their 14th continental title following Vinicius Junior’s match-winner on the hour mark.

The Brazilian ultimately got his name in the headlines following that finish, while Thibaut Courtois produced a miraculous showing between the sticks that culminated in him winning the Man of the Match award, but Benzema has unquestionably been the star of the season.

LiveScore Bet: How to sign up and get £20 in Free Bets

Don't have an account with LiveScore Bet? This new bookmaker offers users the ability to watch and bet on select competitions live (like the FA Cup, Serie A, La Liga and more) and eligible readers can earn £20 in free bets by signing up today with this link

18+ only. New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly.

The Frenchman netted 10 goals in the knockout rounds of the Champions League as Real produced comeback wins over PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City to tee up their meeting with Liverpool in Paris — and now there is clamour for the Frenchman to be recognised by the highest honours.

Benzema is odds-on favourite to scoop this year’s Ballon d’Or after his simply ridiculous 2021/22 campaign, in which he scored 44 goals but also provided a further 15 assists as Real reclaimed La Liga by a 13-point margin and conquered Europe.

“I just wanted to say something for France Football or whoever is voting. Close the votes, Benzema won it. Bye,” Thierry Henry said during his commentary for CBS Sports.

Karim Benzema favourite 1/33 with Paddy Power
Other contenders Paddy Power
Kylian Mbappe 16/1
Erling Haaland 16/1
Mohamed Salah 25/1
Virgil van Dijk 25/1
Robert Lewandowski  33/1
Kevin De Bruyne   33/1
Harry Kane  33/1
Vinicius Junior  33/1
Sadio Mane 33/1
You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are accurate at the time of writing (15:00, 20/09/2022). BeGambleAware.

Paddy Power betting offer: Up to £50 cash back - money back as cash if any of your first 5 x £10 football bets lose

  1. Follow THIS LINK (or click the image below) to open a new account using promo code YSKWEY
  2. Deposit a minimum of £10 using a card.
  3. Place a Sportsbook bet on Football at min. odds of 2.0 (1/1). For the purposes of this promotion, your first ever settled bet will be counted as the qualifying bet.
  4. If your bet loses, your stake up to £10 will be refunded
  5. You can repeat the last two steps up to five times
  6. Qualifying requirements must be completed within 90 days of account opening.

18+ only. Place 5 x £10 Sportsbook bets on any market at minimum odds of 2.0 (Evs), and get money back as Cash if it loses. Max refund per qualifying bet is £10 (up to £50 in total). Only deposits made via Cards will be eligible for the promotion (Apple Pay excluded). T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly. For more information, visit

Benzema was also part of the France side that won the UEFA Nations League at the start of the season, scoring in both the semi-final and final, emphasising just how good he has been for club and country in a remarkable campaign.

Despite finally receiving the widespread plaudits that were always deserving of him but perhaps weren’t always forthcoming when bigger stars were on the books at Real, not least Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema insists he is relaxed about his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or.

“Obviously, I finished my season, now I will join up with the national team,” Benzema told Canal Plus.

“I think at club level I can’t do better. We’ll see what happens but in any case I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.”