Après Eintracht - Real Madrid - Ancelotti sur Benzema : "Est-ce qu'il subsiste encore un doute pour le Ballon d'Or ?"

Après Eintracht – Real Madrid – Ancelotti sur Benzema : “Est-ce qu’il subsiste encore un doute pour le Ballon d’Or ?”

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Time has many virtues. But one of its main, no doubt, lies in the fact of being able to gain height over a very specific period. And so step back. In ten, twenty or thirty years from now, Karim Benzema will probably realize, by opening the archives of his career, how immense it has been. Thinking back to his period at Real Madrid, one of the greatest clubs in the history of his sport, he will probably say that the latter allowed him to switch to another dimension. That of legends.

If the French striker still has doubts, he can look at the ranking of the top scorers in the history of Merengue. We don’t know then where it will be, but probably still very high. By scoring a new goal this Wednesday evening against Eintracht Frankfurt (2-0), the French striker, who has 324 goals on the clock, even allowed himself to surpass a myth like Raúl (323). In front of him, the alien Cristiano Ronaldo (450 goals) still seems from another galaxy. Incidentally, Real gleaned its 5th UEFA Super Cup, its first title this year.

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For his part, “KB9” therefore started his season as he had finished the last, where he had walked on water with 44 goals in 46 matches and achieved the La Liga-Champions League double. He gave himself the right to dream of a Ballon d’Or where he even acts as the big favorite, especially if he continues at this almost unsustainable pace for his competitors. With Real, the French international played his 606th match on Wednesday, a record for a foreign player. This season, he can join Santillana (645), who occupies fifth place in this historic ranking. Finally, this Supercup also allowed him to equal the 23 titles gleaned by the legend Paco Gento in the merengue jersey, and to lift his first trophy as official captain of the “White House”.

He is a very important player, a leader

Questioned after the meeting, Carlo Ancelotti returned to the new big evening of his fuoriclasse. “If we’re here, it’s thanks to us but above all thanks to him, he scored a lot of goalsreacted the Italian coach. He is a very important player, a leader. He scored many goals, he finished the season well and now he’s heading straight for the Ballon d’Or. Is there still a doubt (on the fact that it is he who will win, editor’s note) ? For me, no more…” For “Carletto”, the suspense no longer needs to be two days before the publication of the list of 30 nominated for the prestigious individual trophy.

Florentino Pérez, the Madrid president, is also campaigning for the candidacy of the French striker. “In my opinion, he has already earned it for his last season. And it will be the same for the one who comes“, he warned at the microphone of Movistar this Wednesday evening. Asked at a press conference about this on Tuesday, Benzema assured that “The most important” was “to win with the team“. Basically, becoming the first Ballon d’Or since Zinedine Zidane (1998), with whom he has remained very close, should not displease him. He would be the fifth Frenchman to achieve this after Raymond Kopa (1958), Michel Platini (1983, 1984, 1985), Jean-Pierre Papin (1991) and therefore Zinédine Zidane.

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