The prize, awarded to an outstanding footballer in any calendar year, has been dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the past 11 years, with Luka Modric being the only interference in the duo’s control of the award since 2009.
Benzema thinks about the Ballon d’Or all the time
Karim Benzema has admitted that he thinks about winning the Ballon d’Or “all the time,” but insists that this is not an obsession. The prize, awarded to an outstanding footballer in any calendar year, has been dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the past 11 years, with Luka Modric being the only interference in the duo’s control of the award since 2009. France Football, the organization that hosts the competition, announced that it would not be awarded in 2020 for the first time since its starting in 1956 due to the chaos in which the coronavirus crisis has fallen. Having played a key role in Madrid, turning a deficit into Barcelona at the LaLiga summit, Benzema could ultimately be seen as a candidate for victory this year. He admits that it was something of a goal in his career.
The most difficult defensive opponents for Karim are Ramos and Varane
Asked on his YouTube account, if he was thinking about winning the gong, he said: “Of course, all the time, from my childhood, but that’s not what drives me crazy. I never try to explain myself by my playing position, as the number nine or not as the number nine as 10 or 11; “Another candidate would be teammate Sergio Ramos, whose scoring feats were critical to Madrid’s rise to the Spanish crown. He is a footballer Benzema rates as one of the two fiercest defenders he has ever faced. When asked about his most difficult defensive opponent, he said: “There is no one, there are two: Ramos and Raphael Varane when I bump into them in every practice.”
Neymar is the best dribbler in the world
“Controversially hammered by the French national team, Benzema says he has no regrets on this front. Asked if he would trade the four Champions League trophies he won with Madrid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he said: “No, not at all. I regret nothing. And what I’m most proud of is that I was the champion at Real Madrid.” Meanwhile, he outwitted former teammate Ronaldo when asked who the best dribbler in the modern game, instead of naming a PSG star. “Neymar, and you can stop there,” he said when asked about his top five. “I don’t know, because things in football change very fast.”
“The challenge is being good throughout the season and winning titles with your team. Having scored three goals in one game, you are not a world star,” he said. Benzema will look forward to continued success in the Champions League. Still, they must turn around Manchester City’s 2-1 deficit away from home in the last 16 if they are to advance to Lisbon’s latter stages.