Karim Benzema ‘easily deserves’ to win 2022 Ballon d’Or, says former Liverpool star Sadio Mane

    Karim Benzema is the hot favourite to win the Ballon d’Or (Picture: Getty)
    Karim Benzema is the hot favourite to win the Ballon d’Or (Picture: Getty)

    Bayern Munich star Sadio Mane says Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema should win this year’s Ballon d’Or prize.

    The Frenchman is the hot favourite to be named the world footballer of the year after he guided Madrid to their 14th Champions League title.

    The 34-year-old enjoyed the most prolific season of his career by scoring 44 times in 46 matches.

    Those goals helped Madrid to the La Liga title but it was his performances in the Champions League that catapulted him above the competition.

    Benzema scored four times over two legs against Chelsea in the quarter-finals and three times as Real overcame Manchester City in the semi-finals.

    Liverpool v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League
    Benzema won his fifth Champions League title (Picture: Gdtty)

    The Spaniards were underdogs in the final against Liverpool but they came out on top, in no small part thanks to Benzema’s leadership.

    The defeat was Mane’s final appearance in a red shirt but he doesn’t begrudge Benzema’s role in the loss and says the Frenchman deserves the Ballon d’Or prize.

    ‘Honestly, I think that Karim deserves it this year,’ Mane said. 

    He’s had a great, great season with Real Madrid. He’s won the Champions League… I think he easily deserves it, so I’m happy for him.

    ‘I know I won the African Cup of Nations, it was a relief for me and for the whole country, and I’m really happy to have won my first Afcon with my country. But I think it’s Karim who deserves it, and I honestly believe that.’

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