“Ballon d’Or? I think this year there are no doubts, it is clear that Karim Benzema had a spectacular year,” Lionel Messi has told TyC Sports.
“Benzema was fundamental in the UCL from the round of 16 onwards in every game. I don’t think there are doubts about him winning the Ballon d’Or.”
Unlike Messi, Benzema is among the 30 contenders for the 2022 Ballon d’Or.
The Real Madrid striker is expected to win the award after the terrific year he’s had, winning three trophies at the club and recording 44 goals and 15 assists in 46 matches last season.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has been a consistent member of the top 30 best players for the Ballon d’Or for the past 15 years, unfortunately, the 7 times Ballon d’Or winner misses out on the list this year.