Football fans the world over have flooded to social media on Friday evening, to send a collective plea to the powers that be in the game, regarding Karim Benzema.
Hitman Benzema, of course, marked his return to the international stage a short time ago.
Fresh off rounding out a stunning individual campaign with glory in the Champions League, the veteran hitman led the line for France in the country’s Nations League opener versus Denmark.
The clash, ultimately, did not go to plan for Les Bleus, who were ultimately put to the sword by two goals to one owing to a late brace on the part of substitute Andreas Cornelius.
Andreas Cornelius AGAIN! 😱
What a ROCKET for Denmark to take the lead over France in the 88th minute! 🇩🇰 pic.twitter.com/FuTOtW1BTO
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 3, 2022
But that man Benzema nevertheless impressed once more, bagging France’s only goal on the night courtesy of a brilliant solo effort.
After picking the ball up on the right flank, the Real Madrid star cut inside, exchanges passes with Christopher Nkunku before dancing his way beyond a trio of defenders and picking out the far corner in style:
Karim Benzema has now scored in five consecutive games for France:
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Sitting the Denmark defenders down. 💀
— Squawka (@Squawka) June 3, 2022
And Benzema’s latest endeavours, despite coming en route to a disappointing result for France, have not gone at all unappreciated amongst fans.
Taking to social media in their droves on Friday night, viewers have demanded that the 34-year-old be awarded football’s most prestigious individual prize – the Ballon d’Or – for 2022.
Give Benzema the Ballon d’Or now pic.twitter.com/uIOOT6CLJW
— Sebastian Arbelaez (@SebArbelaez) June 3, 2022
The Ballon d’Or has to go to Karim Benzema.
Yet another phenomenal goal this evening. 🏆👇 https://t.co/QiX9wpeRbE
— Callum McFadden (@Callum7McFadden) June 3, 2022
Benzema’s Ballon D’or is loading ⏳
— Razz Mooh (@MoohXRun) June 3, 2022
Just give Karim Benzema the ballon d’or right now. What a goal⚽
— Krash💙🇺🇬 (@AndrewKrash256_) June 3, 2022
Does anyone doubt that this year the Ballon d’Or is for Benzema?
He is the clear winner..Best striker in the world!
— OBAMA🇬🇭🇱🇷 (@1Obama_) June 3, 2022
Benzema deserves that Ballon d’or abeg 😭😭😭
— Uncle Chu (@datchuguy) June 3, 2022
Benzema is just silly like damn give him the ballon d’or already .
— Deyemi Lagos (@maybatch300) June 3, 2022
Benzema has already won the Ballon D’or, different sauce
— Rakeem (@CFC_Rakeem) June 3, 2022
If Benzema doesn’t win the Ballon D’or, it’s unequivocal proof that it’s rigged – just saying.
— Jay (@JayVtid) June 3, 2022
Stop the game right now and give the Ballon d’Or to Benzema. That was NAUGHTYYYYYY.
— Isla Barrus (@IslaBarrus) June 3, 2022