The Frenchman, who was recently shortlisted for the 30-man award, discussed his chances of winning it. He said for his own Golden ball ambitions:
“It’s been a dream since I was really young. It’s also a motivation. Just getting on the list of 30 nominees is already satisfying. It’s always been my goal, it’s always on my mind. When Cristiano Ronaldo won it in the past and got on the field at the Bernabeu, I was happy for him, of course. “
“I’m happy to be on his team and then you have to think: ah yes, I want to win that too. I can say I’ve never been so close to getting it thanks to my performances, to what I’ve been doing for the last three or four years here.”
The Real Madrid star added:
“On passes, on moves, on actions, on controls, on running, that’s what I like the most. In the last three or four years there is that consistency, especially in big games, when my team needs me, I’m always there to help them. That fulfills me the most. I play freely, I play football that I love. “
Statistics behind Karim Benzema’s Golden Ball
This has been a spectacular year for Karim Benzema and it is easy to see why he is fighting for the Golden Ball.
The striker was Real Madrid’s best player last season, contributing a whopping 30 goals and nine assists to the club in 46 appearances in all competitions.
The 33-year-old also enjoyed a great trip with France, scoring four goals for his country at the Euros. He then led the team to win the UEFA League of Nations with two goals in his own name.
It remains to be seen whether those numbers will be enough for him to win the Golden Ball race this year.