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Zidane names the player that ‘deserves’ the 2021 Ballon d’Or

Zinedine Zidane - Real Madrid
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Zinedine Zidane, winner of the 1998 award, has named his choice to win the Ballon d’Or in 2021.

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Karim Benzema has Zinedine Zidane’s backing for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award ahead of next month’s ceremony.

As the days roll by, Benzema’s credentials for a first Ballon d’Or grow stronger. The striker is in the best form of his career, having had a terrific start to the season. He has already scored 10 goals in as many games across all competitions for Real Madrid and chipped in a further seven assists.

Helping France win the UEFA Nations League this month has cemented his status. The 33-year-old’s former Real Madrid boss Zidane, therefore, is convinced he has done enough to win the award.

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“Karim is in fine form. I would give him the Ballon d’Or. He deserves it,” Zidane told Telefoot.

“Benzema deserves it. He is an incredible player, I had the great honor of coaching him.

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“He knows how to do everything on the field. He is above [everyone] and I hope he can be rewarded with this Ballon d’Or.”

Zidane’s old Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo Nazario, a two-time winner himself, has also backed Benzema for the Ballon d’Or.