Golden ball: “I’m not far”, Benzema believes in his chances

Karim Benzema believes in it. The striker of Real Madrid and the France team (33 years old, 92 caps) thinks he has never been so close to winning the Golden Ball, three days before the end of the votes. In any case, this is what he said in an interview with the American channel ESPN.

“In view of my performances, of what I have done for the last three or four years here (to Madrid). Rehearsing very high level matches is the summary of everything I do. So we can say that I am not far, ”explains the former Lyonnais, still scorer Tuesday in the Champions League against Chakhtior Donetsk (5-0).

With Mbappé, “it’s instinct”

In this interview, the Merengue striker also talks about his association with Kylian Mbappé among the Blues, recent winners of the League of Nations. “Between us, it’s instinctively,” he says. We need a little time but I know the race he has to do and he knows what I want. “

After more than five years of absence, Benzema made his comeback in the French team at the Euro last summer during which the Blues were eliminated in the round of 16 by Switzerland. He came out of a season with 29 goals and 9 assists in club. If the collective performance was not there, the Madrid n ° 9 scored points at the individual level.

Legal news that falls badly

KB9 then distinguished himself in the Nations League, won in early October by the French selection. His first blue trophy. In particular with a sumptuous shot rolled up with the right foot in the final against Spain (2-1), elected most beautiful goal of the competition.

The last Blue to have lifted the Golden Ball (in 1998) is called Zinédine Zidane, who was still Benzema’s coach in Spain last year. And Zizou votes Benzema for the prestigious award.

Chance of the calendar, Benzema was absent this Thursday from the court of Versailles to testify to his alleged involvement during the trial of the so-called sextape case of Mathieu Valbuena because of a too busy schedule with Real Madrid.

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