Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been full of praise for his former player Karim Benzema. According to the 1998 world champion, interviewed by the newspaper The Teamhis compatriot must win the next Ballon d’Or.
44 TCC goals in 2021-22
Karim Benzema had an exceptional 2021-2022 season, individually and collectively. In all competitions, the French striker for Real Madrid has scored 44 goals in 46 games, including 27 goals in 32 La Liga games and 15 goals in 12 Champions League games. Spanish champion, the former center-forward of Olympique Lyonnais blazed on the European scene with a hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain (3-1), in the round of 16 second leg, four goals against Chelsea in the quarter-finals of final and three goals against Manchester City in the semi-finals. And if he did not find the net in the final against Liverpool (1-0), the tricolor international will remain one of the big players in the 14th C1 won by the White House.
“He is just exceptional”
Interviewed this Thursday by the daily The Team as part of his 50th birthday, Zinedine Zidane did not hesitate to judge the season carried out by his former foal. The ex-Merengue coach is not surprised by the performances of “KB9”. “She doesn’t surprise me. It’s just continuity. I knew he was capable of what he does. He was very good all the time at Real. The only thing there is that he is just exceptional.” For “Zizou”, there is no doubt about the next Ballon d’Or election: “It’s not just me saying give it to him, it’s the whole world! It’s more than the job!”
Real Madrid want to maintain their trust in Karim Benzema. The club coached by Carlo Ancelotti wishes to extend his contract, set to expire in twelve months. La Casa Blanca is working on signing a new lease running until June 2024.