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Benzema channeled his idol Tupac in custom Fendi while scooping the Ballon d’Or
By Alex James Taylor | Fashion | 19 October 2022

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 17: Karim Benzema attends the Ballon D’Or photocall at Theatre Du Chatelet In Paris on October 17, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

It’s official: Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema is the best player in men’s world football, picking up the covetable Ballon d’Or prize at this year’s ceremony in Paris.

For such a prestigious occasion, Benzema stepped out in a custom Fendi made-to-measure navy tuxedo with satin embroidered waistband, having become the Italian fashion house’s newest ambassador earlier this year. Recognise that shawl collar, round gold glasses and black chocker bowtie? The outfit was an ode to Benzema’s idol Tupac Shakur, channelling the musician’s look worn at the 1996 American Music Awards.

Benzema’s Ballon d’Or win comes after a record-breaking year, scoring 44 goals in 46 games as he helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and La Liga in 2021-22 – his last-minute Champions League goals becoming an incredible inevitability. Benzema’s win made him the first Frenchman to take home the award since Zinedine Zidane in 1998.

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