Karim Benzema deserves to become the first French winner of the Ballon d’Or since Zinedine Zidane – and that verdict comes from Zidane himself.
Real Madrid striker Benzema, who has taken over the captaincy since Sergio Ramos joined Paris Saint-Germain, is playing the best football of his career as he approaches his 34th birthday in December.
Zidane has seen that as close quarters, having had two spells as Madrid head coach during Benzema’s time at the club.
Although Zidane left Los Blancos at the end of last season, he is firmly in the Benzema camp when it comes to selecting a Ballon d’Or front-runner.
Speaking to TF1’s Telefoot, Zidane said: “We’re talking about a player who deserves to win this Ballon d’Or.
“He’s an incredible player, I had the great honour of coaching him. He knows how to do everything on the pitch. I hope he can be rewarded with this Ballon d’Or. It’s the right moment because he’s at the top of his game.”
France international Benzema has been Madrid’s attacking spearhead since Cristiano Ronaldo departed for Juventus in 2018 and has risen to that challenge.
He has topped the 20-goal mark in LaLiga in the last three seasons and has nine strikes in eight games so far this term in the Spanish top flight.