Last night France Football released the list of the 30 finalists to win the Ballon d’Or 2021. A list like every year full of names more media in this sport, although this season many of the spotlights will be on precisely in a French player.
Is about Karim Benzema. At 33 years old, each passing year makes it the best of his career. Ended last year with 23 league goals and 6 in Champions, and in this march Pichichi with 9 in 8 games played in domestic competition. It was also key for France to win the Nations League against Spain (1-2). its great goal was a work of art.
A French team to which returned to the European Championship after 6 years without being and of which he is the best player. By performance. The same thing happens in the Real Madrid, that clings to him like a burning nail. Not only for his scoring ability, but for everything what it generates in the team’s game from three quarters of a field onwards.
The moment of form in this stretch of the year the French striker is impressive. For me, it is in front of Lewandowski in the race for the Ballon d’Or. The great opportunity of the player of the Bayern it would have been last year, but COVID deprived him of an award that would have been more than deserved.
The only one that I see ‘more’ favorite than Karim to win the highest possible award at the individual levelhe is a Messi. First, because it continues to show that it has an unmatched talent. But also, it ended as Top scorer in the league with Barcelona with 30 goals after an impressive second half of the 2020/21 course and above all, he won America’s Cup with the Argentine national team.
His beginning of course with Paris Saint Germain has been more discreet, and that can subtract any option. Besides, being in a club like I still see Real Madrid as a point in favor in this type of awards. It has a media power that do not have other clubs and is the one that accumulates the most Ballons d’Or in this last decade, courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo (4) and Modric.
Benzema was already a safe candidate at the beginning of this season. After a month and a half of filming, only Messi seems that he could snatch him a spectacular individual title in his sports career. The ‘cat’ has tight at the right time.