Zidane backs Benzema for Ballon d’Or award.

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Zinedine Zidane backs Karim Benzema for Ballon d’Or says the French striker is above other nominees.

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has backed French striker Karim Benzema to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.

Benzema is among the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, Cristiano Ronaldo and N’Golo Kante for the 2021’s best male player.

Zidane believes that his compatriot deserves the award and he is honoured to have coach him.

The French man further stated that he is perfect on the pitch and claims Benzema is above other nominees.

“He deserves to win the Ballon d’Or. He is an incredible player,” Zidane told France’s Telefoot on Sunday. “I had the great honour of coaching him.

“He knows how to do everything on the pitch. He’s above the rest. I hope he can be rewarded with this Ballon d’Or.”

Benzema returned to the France national team for Euro 2020 after a six-year absence and helped them win the UEFA Nations League this month, scoring against Spain in the final.

“Right now he is on a cloud,” Zidane said. “I would give him the Ballon d’Or.”

 

Sportscliffs       ESPN

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