On Wednesday, Champions League and La Liga champions Real Madrid downed Europa League champions Frankfurt 2-0 for their fifth UEFA Super Cup trophy.
The win shouldn’t come as a shock considering the form of the two clubs as of late – Eintracht Frankfurt was thrashed 6-1 last week in their Bundesliga opener against Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid is Real Madrid.
Per Squawka News, Karim Benzema reached a major milestone when he scored in the 65th minute, becoming second all-time in scoring (323) for Los Blancos after Cristiano Ronaldo (450!). RM head coach Ancelotti reached some milestones of his own.
Carlo Ancelotti, the first manager to win four UEFA Super Cup finals, thinks Benzema deserves soccer’s highest individual prize: the Ballon d’Or.
“[Benzema] is a leader. If we’re here, it’s partly because of him. He scored a lot of goals. Now for the Ballon d’Or… Are there any doubts? I don’t think anyone has doubts about that.”
After a rough year for Ronaldo and Messi, there seems little doubt that Benzema can take home the hardware.
Benzema scored a combined 42 goals between La Liga and Champions League last season, undeniably instrumental in Madrid improbably winning their eighth UCL title.
After Sunday’s victory, the European Champs have five Super Cup wins, tied with AC Milan and Barcelona.
The Europa League champion, which is somewhat parallel to the NIT Champion in college basketball, has won the UEFA Super Cup against the Champions League champions eight times since 2000.
Come Saturday, Real Madrid will open their La Liga season against the recently promoted Almeria, while Frankfurt will look to bounce back against Hertha.
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