Ballon d’Or: Benzema, really the makings of a winner this year?

Author of superb performances in this year 2021, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema finds himself considered one of the favorites to win the Ballon d’Or. The French international still has to face a lot of competition.

Karim Benzema, a serious candidate for the Ballon d’Or.

Just see the results of a recent poll on Maxifoot (see here) to realize the huge popularity odds in the Ballon d’Or race of Karim Benzema: with 29.6% of the votes, the Real Madrid striker has been named as the readers’ favorite!

And since the coronation of the France team during the Nations League on Sunday against Spain (2-1), many football personalities have spoken to support the former Lyonnais in the fight for this individual distinction.

Weight supports

This Thursday alone, several former White House officials spoke in support of Benzema. Starting with the Brazilian legend of Merengue, Ronaldo. Without a doubt, my candidate for the Ballon d’Or is Benzema. The best striker, a brutal level for 10 years and a champion above all. You can not find ?, launched the former Madrid goalscorer on the Instagram social network.

Laureate of this trophy in 2006, the former defender of Real Fabio Cannavaro also supported the Habs, while recognizing a big competition this year. He has the quality to win this award. The problem is, people often think they should vote for titles, rather than for merits accumulated throughout the year. This year will be complicated because there is Messi, Lewandowski and Jorginho, who notably won the Euro and the Champions League. But Benzema also won a title with his national team. And with Real, he was very good, judged the Italian for the Cadena SER.

Benzema hit individually, but …

On paper, Benzema does indeed deserve to be among the big favorites, but to the point of winning? Individually, the native of Bron shows exceptional statistics: 34 goals – 4 penalties – and 14 decisive assists in all competitions. For example, it’s almost as good as Lionel Messi (38 goals – 10 penalties – and 14 decisive assists) and behind Robert Lewandowski (40 goals and 8 decisive assists) in terms of achievements.

However, collectively, the Habs have only won the League of Nations this year. For his part, Messi still won the Copa America with Argentina, but also the Copa del Rey under the colors of FC Barcelona. At the same time, Lewandowski won with Bayern Munich the Bundesliga and the German Supercup. And we must of course mention the midfielder Jorginho, the only player to have won the Champions League with Chelsea and then the Euro with Italy. Suffice to say that even if Benzema is indeed establishing itself as a real candidate, the competition also has serious arguments.

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