Karim Benzema admits it has been a dream since childhood of winning the prestigious accolade the Ballon d’Or.
Karim Benzema has had arguably the best season of his career. The Frenchman led the frontline for Real Madrid.
He filled the void that so many have failed to do so the previous season. Cristiano Ronaldo left Los Blancos and the club has spent hundreds of millions trying to find a replacement.
From within the ranks, Bale tried and failed, as did James Rodriguez. They brought in Vinicius Junior who gave it a good shot, as did Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic, however, they all fell well short.
The solution Zinedine Zidane was looking for was within his camp all along and perhaps overlooked as a first-team regular.
Benzema has been at the Santiago Bernabeu since 2009 but always really been no more than a back up to a superstar.
Speaking via his YouTube channel he admits, to win the accolade dominated by the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is a childhood dream.
“Sure, all the time, from my childhood, but it’s not something that drives me crazy. You always think of the Ballon d’Or when you are a professional footballer and when you are competitive.”
“I never try to define myself by my playing position, as a number nine or not a number nine, as 10 or 11; I am a football player and I try to be the best player in the world.”
As good of a season Benzema had, would he really have stood a chance against, Lewandoski, Messi or Ronaldo.