Karim Benzema has been a number one mild for Actual Madrid since Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus in 2018, however his dream of profitable the Ballon d’Or won’t come to fruition this yr.
Many believed that this was his yr to win the accolade, with former Actual Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane voicing his opinion lately.
“Karim Benzema deserves the Ballon d’Or, just because proper now he’s forward of the remainder,” Zidane mentioned in an interview with Telefoot.
The Ronaldo and Messi period
Regardless of profitable a bunch of trophies for Actual Madrid and placing in decisive performances yr in, yr out, the truth that his profession has coincided with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi makes it comprehensible to see why he’s but to win a Ballon d’Or.
Followers of Actual Madrid know all too effectively simply how a lot expertise Benzema has and the way necessary he’s to their membership, nevertheless he’s but to obtain the popularity that’s carried by being awarded the title of finest footballer in Europe.
His finest type for Actual Madrid
This calendar yr has seen Benzema characteristic in 46 video games, during which he has scored 30 targets and supplied 9 assists for Actual Madrid.
His membership type noticed him reinstated for the French nationwide staff, the place his understanding with Kylian Mbappe has gotten followers dreaming of seeing them collectively for Actual Madrid.
It’s this type that led Zidane to counsel that Benzema ought to win the Ballon d’Or, as the previous Actual Madrid boss joined the likes of Luis Figo, Didier Deschamps and Hugo Lloris in saying that the striker deserves to take residence the award.
One other award for Messi
Whereas Benzema seems set to overlook out, Messi is on track to win his seventh Ballon d’Or.
It has been a turbulent few months for Messi, who departed Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain over the summer season, but it surely seems that his efforts in guiding Argentina to the Copa America trophy in July 2021 has sealed him the award.
With the end result virtually confirmed, Benzema will likely be questioning what extra he can do to win the Ballon d’Or. After all, his thoughts will stay centered on profitable extra trophies with Actual Madrid and making up for misplaced time for France, so maybe the popularity will are available 2022.