Ancelotti backs Benzema for Ballon d’Or


Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has backed Karim Benzema to be a Ballon d’Or contender this year after an extraordinary start to the LaLiga season which has seen the forward contribute eight goals and seven assists in just six games.

Benzema’s fine form continued in Real Madrid’s 6-1 win over Mallorca on Wednesday, as he scored twice — and provided Marco Asensio with two more — to help put the team top of the table.

It follows a stellar 2020/21 in which he scored 23 league goals before returning to the France’s team for Euro 2020, where he found the net four times in as many games.

“Yes, I think for what he’s doing and what he did last season, [Benzema] has to be on the list of players who could win the Ballon d’Or,” Ancelotti said in a news conference on Friday ahead of Madrid’s LaLiga game with Villarreal.

“Having said that, Karim has time to win it. I don’t think this will be his last season. I think Karim is like wine, he gets better with age.”

Benzema, who’s 33, was joined on the scoresheet against Mallorca by Asensio, who grabbed a hat trick in his first start of the season playing in an unfamiliar central midfield role.

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By FARPost Reporter