Karim Benzema, the striker for Real Madrid, has admitted that he has done everything he can this season to win the Ballon d’Or award after helping the Spanish giants beat Liverpool 1-0 in Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris. Benzema did not score in the final, but he finished the Champions League with 15 goals, 10 of which came in the knockout stages.
With Real Madrid, he also won La Liga. After finishing the season with 44 goals for Real Madrid, Benzema will join the France squad for a series of UEFA Nations League games in June. In the Champions League knockout stages, he scored hat-tricks against PSG and Chelsea, and he netted three times over the two legs of the semi-final against Manchester City.
Benzema now has won five Champions League titles with Real Madrid. The winner of the Ballon d’Or will be revealed in a ceremony in Paris in October.
This is what he has to say;
“Of course,” the 34-year-old told Canal Plus when asked if the Ballon d’Or was on his mind.
“Now I will join up with the national team but I don’t think I can do much more with my club.
“We will see what happens, but in any case I am proud of what I have done.”
“There is no luck,” he said in reference to a series of remarkable comeback wins on their run to the final.
“You can be lucky once but not every time. We deserve our victory. We put in the effort, we came back every time, we never gave up.
“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.”
He added that ending the season as the competition’s top scorer was “exceptional”.
“But the most important thing is to win this fifth Champions League.”