Madrid, Real, French coaches, and the public there - all these days are in the service of Karim Benzema and the campaign that should increase his chances of winning the Golden Ball, the first for France since 1998, and Zinedine Zidane.
Benzema spoke out about that. From his words, it can be concluded that he hopes for this prestigious recognition ... "At the moment I'm not far from the award. It's one of the many dreams I had when I was little.
My idols like Zidane and Ronaldo da Lima also managed to get to the Golden Ball playing for Real. I could go their way," said the experienced. attacker. This is the tenth time that Karim Benzema has been nominated, and his best placement was in 2014 when he was 16.
Let us remind you, in addition to Real's "nine", in the narrowest circle of favorites are also Ngolo Kante, Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, Jorginho, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Robert Lewandowski. Many will say that Lewandowski should be repaid for last year's injustice, but Zinedine Zidane is betting on Benzema: "Karim absolutely deserved the Golden Ball.
He is an amazing player, I had the great honor of coaching him. He can do anything on the field. He is above everyone at the moment and I hope that he will be rewarded with this award."
Wenger and Lloris
Arsene Wenger also spoke on this issue: "There is no clear favorite this year.
In terms of their individual qualities and continuity, Benzema is at the top, there is no dilemma. The question is, however, what role the trophies won will play." The captain of the French national team, Hugo Lloris, is another in a series that gives "his vote" to Benzema: "He is the leader in this race.
In terms of everything he does on the field and in terms of statistics - he deserves all the credit he gets." France has had four winners so far - Raymond Kopa, Michel Platini (three times), Jean-Pierre Papin, and the aforementioned Zinedine Zidane.
With a total of six awards, the French are at the very top. Only Portugal, the Netherlands, and Germany have more Golden Balls. When we talk about clubs, Real is one trophy away from Barcelona (11:12) and with Benzema's Golden Ball they would equalize with a great rival.
Obviously, it has never been harder to decide who deserves the Golden Ball, and it is certain that the nuances will decide that.