Karim Benzema, the third Ballon d’Or title absent at the World Cup



It is a rare event in the World Cup: the Ballon d’Or title holder will not participate in the competition. Hit in the thigh on Saturday in training, Karim Benzema had to give up the World Cup with the Bluesa few weeks after winning the most beautiful of individual trophies.

Only two Ballon d’Ors have missed the World Cup before, but not through injury: Spaniard Alfredo Di Stefano in 1958 and Dane Allan Simonsen in 1978 failed to qualify for the World Cup with their selection.



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