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Zidane: “Benzema deserves to win the Balon D’or”

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In an exclusive interview with Telefoot, former (and possibly future?) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane took the mic to praise Karim Benzema’s form, and made his endorsement for the French striker to win Balon D’or this year.

“Karim is in fine form,” Zidane told Telefoot. “I would give him the Ballon d’Or. He deserves it”

“Benzema deserves it. He is an incredible player, I had the great honour of coaching him.

“He knows how to do everything on the field. He is above [everyone] and I hope he can be rewarded with this Ballon d’Or,”

Zidane is in line with many other prominent figures who have endorsed Benzema winning the award. Ronaldo Nazario also made his claim a few days ago, while French manager Arsene Wenger supported the idea too.

“There is no untouchable this year”, said Wenger. “On individual performance, consistency, Benzema is at the top level. The uncertainty is: does the weight of the trophies play a decisive role?”