Real Madrid’s Benzema and Barcelona’s Putellas win the Ballon d’Or for the best players in the world


Benzema enjoyed a stellar season with Real, scoring 44 goals in 46 games in all competitions as he guided them to a La Liga and Champions League double. His 15 Champions League goals guided Real to a record 14th title.

Real made remarkable comebacks after losing positions in the round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals against Paris St Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City respectively – with Benzema scoring in each of the second legs.

The highlight of their European campaign was the 3-1 second-leg win over PSG as the Spanish club trailed 2-0 on aggregate, with Benzema scoring a 17-minute second-half hat-trick to stun the League side 1. .


Spain international Putellas won the Women’s Ballon d’Or for the second consecutive year, beating England’s European Championship winner Beth Mead and Australia’s Sam Kerr.

Putellas, who was also named FIFA’s Best Women’s Player earlier this year, was the Champions League top scorer last season with 11 goals and scored 18 in the Primera Division.

The 28-year-old missed the Euros for Spain, however, after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury on the eve of the tournament in England.

Real’s Thibaut Courtois won the Lev Yashin award for best goalkeeper last season, with the imposing goalkeeper making nine saves in the final to keep a clean sheet against Liverpool in a 1-0 win in Paris.


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