By Conor Laird
Published: June 3, 2022 9:51 p.m.
Last update: June 3, 2022 10:52 p.m.
Football fans around the world flocked to social media on Friday evening, to send a collective appeal to the powers that be, regarding Karim Benzema.
Hitman Benzema, of course, marked his return to the international scene a short time ago.
After finishing a superb individual campaign with Champions League glory, the veteran hitman led the line for France in the Nations League opener against Denmark.
The clash, ultimately, did not go to plan for the Blues, who were put to the sword by two goals to one due to a late brace from substitute Andreas Cornelius.
Andreas Cornelius AGAIN! 😱
What a ROCKET for Denmark to take the advantage over France in the 88th minute! 🇩🇰 pic.twitter.com/FuTOtW1BTO
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 3, 2022
But that man, Benzema, nonetheless impressed once again, scoring France’s only goal on the night thanks to a brilliant solo effort.
After collecting the ball on the right flank, the Real Madrid star cut inside, exchanging passes with Christopher Nkunku before weaving his way past a trio of defenders and picking the most corner. away in style:
Karim Benzema has now scored in five consecutive games for France:
⚽️ against 🇧🇪
⚽️ against 🇪🇸
⚽️⚽️ against 🇰🇿
⚽️ against 🇫🇮
⚽️ against 🇩🇰
Seat Denmark defenders. 💀
—Squawka (@Squawka) June 3, 2022
And Benzema’s latest efforts, although on their way to a disappointing result for France, have not gone unnoticed by fans at all.
Taking to social media in droves on Friday night, viewers demanded the 34-year-old be awarded football’s most prestigious individual award – the Ballon d’Or – for 2022.
Give Benzema the Ballon d’Or now pic.twitter.com/uIOOT6CLJW
– Sebastien Arbelaez (@SebArbelaez) June 3, 2022
The Ballon d’Or goes to Karim Benzema.
Another phenomenal goal tonight. 🏆👇 https://t.co/QiX9wpeRbE
— Callum McFadden (@Callum7McFadden) June 3, 2022
Benzema’s Ballon D’or is loading ⏳
— Razz Mooh (@MoohXRun) June 3, 2022
Immediately give the golden ball to Karim Benzema. What goal⚽
— Krash💙🇺🇬 (@AndrewKrash256_) June 3, 2022
Does anyone doubt that this year’s Ballon d’Or is for Benzema?
He is the big winner.. Best striker in the world!
— OBAMA🇬🇭🇱🇷 (@1Obama_) June 3, 2022
Benzema deserves this Abeg Golden Ball 😭😭😭
— Uncle Chu (@datchuguy) June 3, 2022
Benzema is just fucking stupid to give him the Golden Ball already.
— Deyemi Lagos (@maybatch300) June 3, 2022
Benzema has already won the Ballon D’or, another sauce
— Rakeem (@CFC_Rakeem) June 3, 2022
If Benzema doesn’t win the Ballon D’or, that’s unequivocal proof that it’s rigged – suffice it to say.
— Jay (@JayVtid) June 3, 2022
Stop the game right away and give the Ballon d’Or to Benzema. It was NAUGHTYYYYYY.
—Isla Barrus (@IslaBarrus) June 3, 2022