Soccer-Benzema deserves to win Ballon d'Or, says Messi

30/5/2022 8:40:00 PM

Soccer-Benzema deserves to win Ballon d'Or, says Messi

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Soccer-Benzema deserves to win Ballon d'Or, says Messi

(Reuters) - Real Madrid's French striker Karim Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year after helping to guide his team to the Champions League title, seven-times winner of the award Lionel Messi said on Monday.

The 34-year-old topped the scoring charts in both competitions and netted hat-tricks against Paris St Germain and Chelsea in the knockout stages to secure Real's progress."There are no doubts, it's very clear that Benzema had a spectacular year and ended up victorious in the Champions League," PSG forward Messi said on Argentine television.

"He was fundamental in all the matches from the round of 16 onwards. I think there is no doubt this year."The Ballon d'Or award for the best soccer player in the world will be presented on Oct. 17, with the nominees set to be revealed on Aug. 12.

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Benzema had the best season of his 13-year career at Real, scoring 44 goals with 15 assists in all competitions as they won a LaLiga-Champions League double.for the latest news you need to know.for the latest news you need to know.The France forward, one of the favourites to win the Ballon d'Or - soccer's most prestigious individual award - found the back of the net on the stroke of halftime, only for his goal to be ruled out for offside after a lengthy VAR review.

The 34-year-old topped the scoring charts in both competitions and netted hat-tricks against Paris St Germain and Chelsea in the knockout stages to secure Real's progress. "There are no doubts, it's very clear that Benzema had a spectacular year and ended up victorious in the Champions League," PSG forward Messi said on Argentine television. Benzema did not score in the final at the Stade de France as Vinicius Junior netted the only goal of the game, but the Frenchman finished as the Champions League’s top scorer with 15 including 10 in the knockout rounds. "He was fundamental in all the matches from the round of 16 onwards. “Of course,” the 34-year-old told Canal Plus when asked if the Ballon d’Or was on his mind after a season in which he also won La Liga with Real Madrid. I think there is no doubt this year. “Now I will join up with the national team but I don’t think I can do much more with my club." The Ballon d'Or award for the best soccer player in the world will be presented on Oct. We are (Spanish) league champions and we didn't have rhythm, but we scored the offside goal and it got us into the game.

17, with the nominees set to be revealed on Aug.” Benzema will join up with the France squad for a series of Uefa Nations League games in June after finishing the season with 44 goals altogether for Real.” Benzema will join up with the France squad for a series of Uefa Nations League games in June after finishing the season with 44 goals altogether for Real. 12. The prestigious trophy will now be awarded on the basis of a regular season from August to July rather than a calendar year. “There is no luck,” he said in reference to a series of remarkable comeback wins on their run to the final. Real Madrid's victory over Liverpool gave them their 14th European Cup triumph -- twice as many as the next most successful team AC Milan. “You can be lucky once but not every time. Benzema's hat-trick in the second leg eliminated PSG 3-2 on aggregate in the last 16, yet again preventing the French club from winning Europe's elite club competition for the first time. We deserve our victory. I have trophies and I have nothing else (to prove) on the pitch.

"The Real Madrid game killed us, me and everyone in the dressing room. We had a lot of hope. “Every player is important in our squad, whether they are a starter or a substitute, or they don’t play often but give everything in training. “Every player is important in our squad, whether they are a starter or a substitute, or they don’t play often but give everything in training. It makes me want to win again," Messi added. "But the best team doesn't always win the Champions League. “But the most important thing is to win this fifth Champions League. I don't take credit away from Real Madrid, they weren't the best in this competition and yet they beat everyone.” The winner of the Ballon d’Or will be revealed in a ceremony in Paris in October, before this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

" (Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo, Writing by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris) Article type: metered . — AFP Advertisement.