Zinedine Zidane believes that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema deserves to win the 2021 Golden Ball, despite Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski being seen as the two main favorites.
If Benzema really won the most valuable individual award, then the credit would go in part to Zidane, who had a great influence on the development of the French striker during his time as coach of Madrid.
And now the Madrid coach has publicly backed Benzema to win the 2021 Golden Ball, which will be shared later this year.
“Karim is in good shape. I would have given him the Golden Ball. He deserves it,” Zidane told Benzema.
“Benzema deserves it. he is an extraordinary player. It was a great honor to be his coach.”
“He knows how to do everything on the field. He is above all others and I hope he will be rewarded with the Golden Ball.” he underlined.
Benzema has been Real Madrid’s main player last season, although he won nothing, and helped France win the League of Nations this month with his goals.