‘No doubt’ that Benzema deserves to win Ballon d’Or, says Messi

Real Madrid’s number 9 Karim Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this year after helping to guide his team to the Champions League title, seven-times victor of the honor Lionel Messi said on Monday.

Benzema had the greatest season of his 13-year career at Madrid, scoring 44 goals with 15 assists in all major competitions as they won a LaLiga-Champions League double.

PSG forward Messi said on Argentine television, “There are no doubts, it’s very clear that Benzema had a spectacular year and ended up victorious in the Champions League.”

“He was fundamental in all the matches from the round of 16 onwards. I think there is no doubt this year.”

The Ballon d’Or for the best football player on the planet will be presented on Oct. 17, with the nominees set to be uncovered on Aug. 12.

“The Real Madrid game killed us, me and everyone in the dressing room. We had a lot of hope. It makes me want to win again,” Messi added.

“But the best team doesn’t always win the Champions League. I don’t take credit away from Real Madrid, they weren’t the best in this competition and yet they beat everyone.”