Actual Madrid supervisor Carlo Ancelotti stated he has no doubts that Karim Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d’Or, calling the France ahead “probably the most environment friendly participant on the earth” after scoring in his group’s 2-0 UEFA Tremendous Cup win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Captain Benzema scored Madrid’s second objective within the sixty fifth minute — after David Alaba had put them forward with a first-half header — to assert the primary trophy of the season in Helsinki on Wednesday.
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It was Benzema’s 324th objective for Actual Madrid, taking him above membership legend Raul Gonzalez into second place of their checklist of all-time objective scorers, behind solely Cristiano Ronaldo‘s 451.
“[Benzema] is a pacesetter,” Ancelotti advised Movistar. “If we’re right here, it is partly due to him. He scored plenty of targets. Now for the Ballon d’Or… Are there any doubts? I do not assume anybody has doubts about that.”
Benzema, 34, is favorite to win the Ballon d’Or later this 12 months after scoring 27 targets in LaLiga final season — and 15 within the Champions League — to fireplace Madrid to the double.
“For us he is an important participant, he is probably the most environment friendly participant on the earth on this second,” Ancelotti stated in his post-match information convention. “He was essential to win the Champions League. He did not rating within the last however together with his targets, we performed the ultimate.
President Florentino Perez agreed that Benzema — who’s starting his 14th season at Actual Madrid — could be a worthy winner of soccer’s prime particular person prize.
“From my standpoint, he already deserved [the Ballon d’Or] final 12 months, and this 12 months much more,” he advised Movistar.
Perez additionally recommended that Madrid wouldn’t look to herald a ahead earlier than the switch window closes, regardless of lacking out on Kylian Mbappe.
“Proper now we aren’t considering the rest,” he stated. “Take a look at all of the forwards we have now. We’ve so many forwards that if [Benzema gets ill] it will not discover.”