Real Madrid’s French centre-forward Karim Benzema presented his Ballon d’Or to the public at the Groupama Stadium on Friday at half-time of the matchday 15 Ligue 1 match, Lyon-Nice, which was played behind closed doors.
At the stadium plunged into darkness, where only the access corridor to the playing field was illuminated, first a short film was projected on the huge screens of the stadium before the pyrotechnic mini-animation.
Training at OL where he arrived at the age of 9 and left for Real in 2009, for a transfer of 35 million euros and bonuses, when Benzema entered the field, he was greeted by a guard of honor formed by former teachers from the Rhone club.
He was then presented with the trophy by Bernard Lacombe, another legend of the Lyon club, before visibly moved to greet Kopce, South and North, whose group Bad Gones was celebrating its 35th anniversary.
A fresco in his image
In the afternoon, Karim Benzema inaugurated a fresco in his image, drawn on the facade of a building in Bron, his hometown, on the edge of the Lyon ring road. For security reasons, it was placed on the roof of the building opposite the one where the work was designed so that it could attend the exhibition.
The official inauguration was held in a small committee, in the training center of Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpie in the presence of the president Jean-Michel Aulas, the mayor of Bron, Jérémie Bréaud, and Décines-Charpieu, Laurence Fautro, from his sponsor, Adidas, but also from about fifty young graduates from the Bron-Terraillon club where Benzema started football.