As per seven-time winner Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s and France superstar Karim Benezema deserves to triumph the Ballon d’Or.

Benzema was imperative in Madrid’s Champions League win this season, finishing with a 1-0 win over Liverpool in Paris.

“There’s no doubt, it’s very clear that Benzema has had a spectacular year and has ended it by winning the Champions League,” Messi said.

“He was crucial from the last-16 onwards in every match and I think there’s no doubt that Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d’Or.”

Messi, 34, having spent his entire career at FC Barcelona, moved to PSG a year ago where he has grappled to give his best form.

He confessed it had been ‘a difficult change’ and that the first day he took his children to school in Paris, he left ‘crying’.

Messi being caught by COVID-19 at the end of 2021, he is convinced the virus has left ‘scars’ in his lungs whilst he also admitted the Champions League defeat versus Real was ‘a tough blow’.

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