After a good 2021/22 season, Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain has backed Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to win the Ballon d’Or in 2022.
Lionel Messi, the former Barcelona captain, and current Paris Saint-Germain superstar predicted Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to win the Ballon d’Or this year in an interview with TyC Sports (h/t ESPN).
Messi, a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner who will take the trophy in 2021, believes Benzema will win it this year following an outstanding season with Real Madrid and France.
Last year, Benzema and the French national team won the UEFA Nations League. Early in 2022, he won the Spanish Supercup before assisting Real Madrid in winning La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. The 34-year-old finished the season with 44 goals and 15 assists in 46 games played across all competitions.
Benzema was crucial to Real Madrid’s success this season at every turn. The French international has emerged as the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or later this year after winning everything with the club and finishing as the top scorer in La Liga.
🗣 “[Karim] Benzema had a spectacular year, ended up winning the Champions League, being pivotal from round of 16 in all matches.”
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 31, 2022