Luka Modric believes Karim Benzema is a favourite for the Ballon d’Or when he was refreshingly candid about World Cup suggestions. While the midfielder has spoken out against mooted biannual World Cups he inferred that Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema would be a deserving winner of the Ballon d’Or this year
Modric became the first player to break Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s 10-year dominance when he won the Ballon d’Or in 2018. Messi, of course, won it for a record sixth time in 2019, and the award was postponed in 2020 owing to the coronavirus epidemic. It will return, this year with a shortlist of 30 applicants that were announced on October 8.
Having risen to another level at Real Madrid in recent years, Benzema is one of them, becoming something of a talisman after Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus in 2018. “Let’s see what happens,” Modric told reporters at a press conference when asked about Benzema’s chances.
“There are several candidates who can win it. Karim is one of them. He deserves to win it because of how he has played this year and because of his career. He has always been at a top-level and finally he has now won a title [the Nations League] with France, and that’s important when it comes to voting. I’m sure he’s one of the candidates. Hopefully, Karim wins it.”
Talking about World Cup, he believes that if FIFA goes ahead with plans to make the competition a biannual event rather than a four-year event, it will lose part of its appeal to some fans, including himself. “For me, a World Cup every two years does not make any sense, I wouldn’t like it,” he said.
“It’s special because everyone expects it every four years. The players are not asked much about it, nor are the opinions of the coaches. They try to do things without asking. I don’t know what will happen. Me being honest, I wouldn’t watch the World Cup every two years.”