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Why Benzema’s hand bandage emerged after winning Ballon d’Or

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Karim Benzema

PICTURE of Karim Benzema donning a gold bandage could become one of the most iconic football images of recent years.

  Benzema took home the Ballon d’Or for the first time in his career after a truly magnificent year for Real Madrid. His winning goals in the round of 16, quarter-finals, and semi-finals of the Champions League helped drag Carlo Ancelotti’s side to their 14th triumph in the old competition.

  The Frenchman also contributed a stunning 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions for the Spanish giants, who also went on to win La Liga. However, one image that has also been synonymous with Benzema is the bandage on his right hand.

  The 34-year-old always sports a white bandage on his hand every time he takes to the field. As has been the case with many other players, the football world has presumed superstitious reasons, motivate his decision to bandage his hand before every game.

  However, the Frenchman is also protecting his hand from an injury that has hampered him on many occasions. During a fixture against Real Betis in January 2019, Benzema fell awkwardly onto his little finger.

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