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Zinedine Zidane claim his former striker deserves Ballon d’Or

Zinedine Zidane claim his former striker deserves Ballon d'Or

Ex Los Blancos manager has upheld his former striker to scoop the top individual prize in world football, which he most definitely won in 1998, accepting that he is far superior to the rest of the competition.

Zidane peaking on Telefoot: “Karim is in fine form. I would give him the Ballon d’Or. He deserves it.”

“Benzema deserves it. He is an incredible player, I had the great honour of coaching him.

“He knows how to do everything on the field. He is above [everyone] and I hope he can be rewarded with this Ballon d’Or,” Zidane added.

Zidane isn’t the main high profile Frenchman to give his opinion on Benzema. Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger additionally accepts the Real Madrid frontman merits the prize despite the fact that he likewise concedes that different factors will play a role, like aggregate trophies.

“There are no outright favourites this year,” Wenger commented.

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“In terms of individual performance and consistency, Benzema is at the highest level.

“The uncertainty is: will the weight of trophies play a decisive role?”

France captain Hugo Lloris also lavished praise on the striker.

“Benzema leads by example: what he does on the field, his stats…,” he said.

“He deserves all the praise we give him.”

Source: Marca

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