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Benzema: Ballon d’Or is a dream for every player but I don’t lose sleep over it

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The Golden Ball has mostly been a two-horse race in recent times, but it’s not entirely impossible to outshine Ronaldo and Messi.

Karim Benzema admits he, just like every other footballer, hopes to win the Ballon d’Or but it’s not something that “make me lose any sleep.”

Benzema’s performances for Real Madrid went up a gear after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from the club in 2018.

The striker was in contention to win football’s most prestigious award in 2019-20 after he had led his team to the La Liga title by making 29 goal contributions in 37 league games, but it was not his season.

He continues to be an invaluable asset to Los Blancos. Firing on all cylinders this season, the 33-year-old has scored five goals and four assists in the opening four matches and is leading the La Liga goalscoring charts.

While he’s not exactly a favorite to take home the coveted prize this year, he could have a good chance of winning it should he continue his red-hot form.

“[Winning the Ballon d’Or] does not make me lose any sleep, although it is a dream for every player,” Benzema told the press, per Marca.

“What I want is to help the team. Every player wants to win it and so do I.”