Benzema believes that he is worthy of Ballon d’Or

Benzema believes that he is worthy of Ballon d’Or

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema reckons that he deserves to fight for the Ballon d’Or by the results of this season.

Karim Benzema is currently the best player in the Real Madrid squad. The Frenchman has scored 11 goals and made eight assists in 11 games this season, occupying the first line in the La Liga scoring race. In addition, he led the France national team to triumph in the Nations League, after which he shared his opinion on the rivalry for the Ballon d'Or,

“The Ballon d’Or has always been my goal, it has always been in my head. When Cristiano Ronaldo won it and entered the Bernabeu with him, I was happy for him, of course. I was happy to play with him, but I thought: "Oh, yes, I also want to take that prize."

I can say that I have never been as close to winning it as I am now. All thanks to the level of my game and what I have been doing for the last 3-4 years,” Benzema said.

Indeed, after Ronaldo's departure from Real, Benzema became the team's main goalscorer. In the championship, he consistently scored more than 20 goals per season and may break his record in the current season. But he will have to fight extremely hard against Messi, who won the Copa America with Argentina, Robert Lewandowski, who gave a fiery season and a half, and Jorginho, who took the Champions League and the European Championship in a couple of months.

The bookmaker’s odds remain virtually unchanged. Parimatch bookmaker considers Lionel Messi to be the favorite (1.60). The Argentine is followed by Robert Lewandowski (2.75) and Jorginho (10.00). Karim Benzema in this company is inferior even to Cristiano Ronaldo (19.00) and occupies the fifth line among the contenders (26.00).

Therefore, it seems to me that the Frenchman will not be able to get to the award, no matter how he deserved it in the last year. There is too much competition among football players, given the missed awards ceremony due to the pandemic, which defocused the rules for choosing the winner.