French superstar and Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema will be looking to get his bandaged hand on another trophy this winter at the 2022 World Cup.
Benzema had another memorable year, winning the 2022 Ballon d’Or after helping Real Madrid to La Liga and Champions League glory last season.
Now, the 34-year-old will be looking forward to playing on the biggest stage of all and propelling France to another World Cup victory.
Fans have grown accustomed to seeing Benzema score in recent years and then throw up his bandaged right hand at his many celebrations.
It has been claimed that the striker kept the bandage on due to superstition after his recent successes.
But in fact, Benzema wraps his hand before every game to protect a fractured finger he suffered in a 2019 encounter against Real Betis.
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Benzema collided with Marc Bartra during a header and ended up breaking his right little finger as he landed and tried to break his fall.
Doctors told him the surgery would sideline him for two months, so Benzema opted to wait until the end of the season to have the surgery which was a success.
But he then rushed his rehabilitation period to be available for the following campaign and that led to his hand receiving another blow.
He said: “I had an operation, but when you have an operation you have to be out for two months.
“I am in pain [the finger] again, but I don’t have time to stop and have another operation, so I wear the bandage when I play.
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