Five Matches That Sealed Karim Benzema's Fate As Ballon d'Or 2022 Winner 

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It's just a matter of hours before Karim Benzema becomes the first French striker, after Zinedine Zidane, to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award. Benzema has had his career-best season in 2021/22, scoring 52 goals across all competitions.

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Let's take a look at five crucial matches where Benzema single-handedly made a difference for Real Madrid, and by doing so, he strengthened his credential to win Ballon d'Or for the first time in his career.

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Real Madrid vs PSG, Champions League  Real Madrid came into the fixture with a goal deficit, and conceded an early goal to Kylian Mbappe to go 2-0 down on aggregate. When all seemed over for Madrid, Benzema produced a second-half hat-trick to dump PSG out of European Cup.

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Real Madrid vs Chelsea, Champions League Karim Benzema scored his second successive hat-trick in the Champions League to put Real Madrid 3-1 up against Chelsea in the first-leg of the quarter-finals. The Galacticos lost the second leg but still advanced to the next round on aggregate.

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Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao, Super Cup Final Real Madrid swept the first trophy of the season with a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Super Cup final. Benzema once again stepped up to the occasion, scoring a crucial goal to double Madrid's lead.

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France vs Spain, UEFA Nations League France was trailing 1-0 against Spain in the final of the UEFA Nations League. Karim Benzema fired an equaliser before Kylian Mbappe scored a winner in the last moments of the game. Benzema was also adjudged the 'Player of the Match' for his performance.

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Real Madrid vs Sevilla, La Liga After a dramatic capitulation against Barcelona, Real Madrid needed to win the next few games to keep the gap wide open. Benzema's late winner helped Madrid beat Sevilla 3-2 and take a giant stride towards the domestic title.

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