Lionel Messi, the seven-time winner of the renowned award, declared on Monday that Karim Benzema deserved to win the Ballon d'Or this year after guiding his club to the Champions League victory.
“I think there are no doubts Benzema should win Ballon d’Or,” Messi told TyC Sports.
“It is very clear that Benzema had a spectacular year and ended up elevating himself with the Champions League, being essential from the last 16 onwards in all the games. I think there are no doubts this year.”
Benzema scored 15 goals in the Champions League, including the game-winners against PSG, Chelsea, and Manchester City in the final rounds. He also won La Liga, scoring 27 goals and assisting on 12 occasions.
Many consider the French international to be the overwhelming favorite for this year's Ballon D'Or, and he is currently atop the standings.