On Tuesday, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and manager Carlo Ancelotti faced the press ahead of the club’s UEFA Champions League group stage opener against Inter Milan on Wednesday. During the discussion, Benzema admitted that like every other professional footballer, he also dreamed of winning the Ballon d’Or. The truth is, he has a good chance of winning this season.
Over the past decade, it has been difficult for any player to win the prize, which was co-founded by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The two living legends have won the Ballon d’Or 11 times between them since 2008. However, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric proved in 2018 that it is possible to leave the pair behind.
In 2020, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was at the forefront, but the award itself was canceled due to the novel corona virus epidemic. This year, Benzema knows she has a good chance to snatch the honorary trophy.
He has played a supporting role with Ronaldo for nine years when they spent time together at Real Madrid. Since the Portuguese star moved to Juventus in 2018, Benzema has stepped up and really played a central role in Santiago Benabio.
This early in the 2021/22 season, the Frenchman has already scored five goals for Los Blancos, and is currently at the top of the list. He says he is not putting too much pressure on himself, but admits that Ballon d’Or is in his mind.
“[Winning the Ballon d’Or] It doesn’t make me sleepy, even though it’s every player’s dream. Benzema told the press.
“I want to help the team. Every player wants to win it and so do I.” The UEFA Champions League in particular has always been the club’s top priority. Real Madrid is the most successful club in the competition with a record 13 titles. They always hold the event with great respect, and the player shares the same passion.
“For me, the Champions League is the top competition and it’s the most stressful. I don’t have a favorite. Someone on the pitch thinks one team will win and then the other. We have a great team and we have that. Will fight to win
The club failed to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer, with the player even saying he wanted to move away from PSG. Benzema has openly acknowledged his desire to play with his compatriots at club level, but said he was pleased with the performance of young Brazilian Vincenzo Jr., who has been in top form this season under Ancelotti. ۔
“He’s scoring, but he helps us with other things, like his speed,” said Benzema.
Real Madrid will face Inter Milan on Wednesday evening in their opening Group D match in San Diego.