Ballon d’Or: A Boulevard for Benzema? Not so safe for Rothen

After his double against Manchester City on Tuesday evening in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, his 13th and 14th goals of the season in C1, Karim Benzema cemented his place among the huge favorites for the next Ballon d’Or. has taken. in the show Rothen KindleThis Wednesday on RMC, Jerome Rothen, however, explained why it wasn’t necessary to take too far.

Rare are the years when a Frenchman is so close to winning the Ballon d’Or. With Real Madrid on another planet this season, Tuesday evening’s doubles in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City (4-3) on Tuesday evening writer Karim Benzema is one of the most serious contenders for the most prestigious title. Prize. The top scorer in C1 this season with 14 goals, nine goals in Real’s last four matches in the Champions League, the former Lyonnais is at the top of his game. To the extent of having a boulevard in front of it for the Ballon d’Or? Not according to Jerome Rothen.

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“We’re not going to hide face. Today, why are the players at the Ballon d’Or? Because they win important titles. The Champions League is still early. If it’s City who are in the Champions League final, will we continue to say Does Benzema have a boulevard for the Ballon d’Or?, questioned the former French international at the show Rothen Kindle, this Wednesday on RMC. Kevin de Bruyne is also an exceptional player, and this year he will probably end up as the English champion and win the Champions League. Shall we continue to think that Karim Benzema has a boulevard if this happens? Of course he’s one of the best players in the world at the moment, but if he ever wins the Champions League I’m sorry for showing a little love for De Bruyne…”

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A new voting system suited to Benzema?

“It’s very French that matter, Rothen continued. Of course we dream of having a new French Ballon d’Or to succeed Zidane. We weren’t very far with Ribery a few years ago. We had a The future is great too who will definitely win it in a few years, Kylian Mbappe. And then we have Karim Benzema… Last year, his name was mentioned and he didn’t get it. This year, he is leaving And it’s his assists-to-goals ratio obviously fantastic, in a team that wins, they win La Liga and they are in the semi-finals of the Champions League. He is part of this class of greats, he is the captain of Real Madrid Everything is in place to grow the list.”

The new voting system for the Ballon d’Or could suit Benzema even if he doesn’t win the Champions League. From now on, the trophy rewards the performance of a season and no longer of a calendar year. Furthermore, as revealed by France Football, the organizers of the ballot, the collective aspect and the trophies won will take a back seat in favor of the “individual performance” and the “decisive and influential character of the contestants”.

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