In an interview with AFP, Karim Benzema explains that he still aspires to win the Golden Ball, while at 33 he lives one of his best periods in his career.
At 33, Karim Benzema knows he won’t have many chances anymore. But the striker of the France team still believes in the Ballon d’Or as he comes out of a very good individual season and that his return to the France team could work in his favor, depending on his performance during the next Euro.
“It goes through great competitions”
“It’s always in my head, he revealed to AFP on Friday. Afterwards, how to win it? That’s what you have to put as a question in your head. It goes through major competitions, by big games. Having it in the back of your mind is good, it allows you to motivate yourself even more on a field. “
The Real Madrid striker has scored 30 goals in 46 games this season for the Merengue, including 6 in the Champions League. If he didn’t win any trophies, he helped his team believe in the title to the end and took it to the European semi-final. Recalled by Didier Deschamps in the French team five and a half years later, Benzema will have the opportunity to show himself again on the continental scene, a few days after a convincing return to Blue.
Favorite of the 2020 edition, canceled
The former Lyonnais will be aiming for a tenth Ballon d’Or nomination this year. Cited to succeed Lionel Messi last year, alongside Robert Lewandowski, he could not believe it after the cancellation of the trophy. The last three Ballon d’Or winners, Ronaldo, Modric and Messi, were over 30 when they lifted the Grail. An additional source of hope for “KB9”?