Forward Karim Benzema, among the 30 players nominated for the 2021 Ballon d’Or, is “a very serious candidate to win it,” declared French coach Didier Deschamps on Monday, who recovered him for the French national team at the last European Championship.
“From the moment in which Karim is one of the candidates, he is a very serious one to win,” said the coach at a press conference, recalling “everything he has achieved this season with his club and in the French national team.”
The Real Madrid forward is among the candidates for the highest individual award, the winner of which will be announced on November 29.
Among his rivals, the Argentine Lionel Messi, the Polish Robert Lewandowski, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo or the Italian Jorginho, European champion this year with Chelsea and with his national team.(AFP)