Earlier tonight, Karim Benzema was rewarded for his incredible performances on the pitch over the past season by being crowned Ballon d’Or winner 2022. There is no doubting that the fact he was a lead favorite going into voting, just look at what he has done over the past 12 months:
◉ 56 games, with 50 goals scored and 16 assists.
◉ Scored a career-best 27 times in LaLiga and top scorer in CL with 15 goals.
🏆 LaLiga, Supercopa and Champions League winner with Real Madrid.
🏆 Nations League winner with France.
🏅 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.
🏅 UCL Player of the Season.
🏅 UCL Golden Boot.
🏅 Pichichi Trophy.
As is the case, Adidas likes to celebrate their Ballon d’Or champions, with Lionel Messi receiving several custom releases in recent seasons. For example, the wildly extravagant F50 adiZero that a single pair were created of to celebrate Lionel Messi’s 4th consecutive Ballon d’Or award.
Will that be the case for Benzema? We certainly hope so, as he deserves to get the recognition and a custom boot that sets him apart from the crowd. Maybe a golden pair of X Speedportal.1 in the same color adidas posted online today? Even if he still currently wears the X Speedflow.1, the Spedportal is an even better boot and it might be a good time for him to make the switch. Watch this space for any announcement.
— adidas Football (@adidasfootball) October 17, 2022
UPDATE: And this morning, we got a first look at the 1-of-1 boots that adidas have created to celebrate Benzema. They placed a clean white and gold spiral design on a pair of X Speedportal.1, the elite version with laces. The look is extremely sharp, and we look forward to seeing them being worn in game this weekend!