29 mins ago / autty
Karim Benzema’s eight goals in the first six games of LaLiga Santander should not hide one thing: he is still playing football like an angel. What’s more, I would go as far as to say that nobody is playing better football than him right now. He does everything well, everything effectively, everything beautifully. Excellence as a footballer. That’s why, in addition to his eight goals at the start of the season (the same as the entire Barcelona team), he has also provided seven assists. The numbers of Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski, to cite two beasts in the penalty area, are behind him. And there is no comparison right now with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Benzema and that’s it.
And now we enter the debate (I think it’s about time, it’s the end of September) about the Ballon d’Or. If it is still a serious award, it has to go to Karim. Is there anyone better than him? Lewandowski, who deserved last year’s award, and Haaland may have scored more goals in the calendar year, but no one combines goals and play like Karim. As was the case for many years with Messi, Benzema cannot be lumped in with the strikers, he is much more. Benzema is a FOOTBALLER. And the best FOOTBALLER is the one who should be awarded the prize for the best player in the world, in this case the Ballon d’Or.
It may be tempting to rectify last year’s injustice to Lewandowski, but one injustice does not make up for another. It may also be tempting to give the award to Messi, who now plays for Paris Saint-Germain, because he has finally won a trophy with Argentina, but neither his play nor his achievements at club level in the last 12 months are on a par with someone who is supposed to be the best in the world. And it is by no means tempting to give the award to Jorginho, whose name has also been bandied about because he won the European Championship and Champions League. Excuse me, but his case is not like Luka Modric’s. Don’t compare them.
The Ballon d’Or should go to Benzema. He has deserved it for his play for a long time now. And now, with his goals, it is an obligation to give it to him. If this is a halfway serious award.