Eden Hazard has backed Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.
After a dismal 2017/18 season, he scored just 12 goals in 47 games.
Benzema has re-established himself as one of the finest players in the world.
His crowning glory came last season as he played a starring role in Real Madrid’s Champions League and La Liga-winning campaign.
The Champions League final was billed as a showdown for the Ballon d’Or between Benzema and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. However, a goal from Vinicius Junior decided the showpiece event.
But speaking to ESPN, Hazard insisted that the Frenchman is deserving of winning the award not just for his outstanding season but for his glittering career:
“I think he [Benzema] deserves it. You know, there’s no doubt about it.
“But I think he deserves it not just for that season, but for his whole career, you know? It’s like he’s been at the top for 15 years. Maybe he’s scoring more goals, which is why people want him to win this Ballon d’Or, but I think he deserved it five years ago.
“He’s our captain now, and he’s also a perfect guy, you know? He’s not talking much on the pitch or doing what he wants. And He’s our leader. So we just pushed him to go for the Ballon d’Or.”
Karim Benzema has the complete season of his career for Real Madrid.
He scored almost every important goal for Los Blancos, and their attack was futile without him.
Real Madrid has a history of having clutch players in their squad.
Ramos, Ronaldo, Zidane and Bale are some examples.
And the best thing about Benzema was his flexibility and leadership on the pitch.
He also mentored Rodrygo and Vinicius, the latter who had a brilliant 2021/21.
The 2022 Ballon d’Or will be awarded on October 17 and judged by performances throughout a season instead of a calendar year for the first time.
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