Karim Benzema thanked Lionel Messi for publicly supporting him to win the Ballon d’Or this year, stressing that being praised by a Paris Saint-Germain man made him want to achieve more.
Benzema has been in good health this past season, scoring 44 goals and 15 assists in just 46 games as Real win La Liga and the Champions League, and is chosen by many fans to win the Ballon d’Or over time. year.
Lionel Messi recently backed up the idea, telling TyC Sports: “I think there is no doubt. It is clear that Karim Benzema has had an amazing year. I think there is no doubt this year.”
Karim Benzema, who scored France’s only goal in a 2-1 win over Denmark on Friday, was given the opportunity to respond to Lionel Messi after the game.
“I listened to Lionel Messi’s words which made me very happy, I was very happy that they came from such a player,” he said. “They gave me the motivation to do a lot of things.”
Karim Benzema’s award-winning case has been bolstered by a change of judicial approach, with the Ballon d’Or now being awarded to the player who enjoyed the best season, instead of a year.
Nominees for the award will be announced on August 12, and Benzema is expected to appear on the shortlist to include Mohamed Salah, Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski and a number of world stars.