He was named French Player of the Year for the fourth time in his career France footballKarim Benzema does not cease to shine, despite 34 springs. The current La Liga top scorer with 17 goals, the Merengues striker, well backed by Vinicius Jr, lights up La Liga every weekend. An equally consistent performance on the European stage as KB9 can congratulate himself by scoring five goals and one assist at the end of the Champions League group stages. What about his return to the French national team? Together with Kylian Mbappe, the international tricolor (94 games, 36 goals) split very well on a personal level before becoming the focus of the Blues’ crowning during the last Nations League.
The impressive performances that logically opened the doors to this honorary accolade as France’s number one player over the past calendar year. A distinction that KB9 also humbly welcomed: These are just words. I don’t like to say things like that. It can be taken one way or another. My motivation is to do better every year. What I do better, in terms of stats, goals, assists and progression, said Lyonnais France football.
“I can be salt, pepper, or chili!”
Despite everything with this award, Merengue was then honored, unequivocally, on his way to seeing football which explains, according to him, his current success: “When I play, I try to respect football. Because I love him. For example, I can’t shoot from a tight angle when one of my teammates is leaving. I will pass the ball to him.” The altruist in the Madrid shirt, the one who has had seven assists in La Liga since the start of the season, wants above all to make others better. For the question: “Are you a football philanthropist?” Then Benzema responds: “I can be salt, pepper, or pepper”. With this in mind, the Frenchman also returned to his relationship with Vinicius Jr., even thinking he had allowed the Brazilian to get ahead.
“We will only remember the thing you said (in the first half of the match against Borussia Monchengladbach on October 27, 2020, Benzema told Ferland Mendy) ‘He (Vinicius Jr.) does anything. Not with him, he’s playing against us.'” But I know what I brought him. You have to ask him the question. Today, he is no longer the same player. He’s been doing what he should have been doing for so long and you can’t tell him anything. He’s a young player, very good. You just have to talk to him. I know he was able to produce more. So, in two or three sentences on the field, in two or three movements, I showed him things, especially in the last twenty meters (…). Today is Vinicius Jr.!
Karim Benzema considers himself at the top of his level!
And so Benzema, the undisputed captain of Real Madrid, takes on a greater dimension every weekend, especially after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. A life without CR7 which thus introduces more responsibilities to KB9: “When he was playing for Real Madrid, he scored between 50 and 60 goals a year. So you have to adapt to that reality. I had to move more on the pitch, give him space because he makes very good calls in the opponent’s penalty area, and he was more (…) When he left (in 2018, to join Juventus Turin), what changed was that it was up to me to take charge, score goals, and help my other teammates”, which justifies the person concerned.
Finally confirming that he has adapted once and for all to the system of playing under the tricolor shirt, the prolific Casa Blanca scorer admitted above all to being at the top of his game: “Currently, I find myself in the extreme. I just need trophies. After that, we can always improve … but I don’t really see any level. (…) I have to stay at that level. Everyone will say: “Yes, Maybe, a little more.’ But here, I don’t see. Technically, tactically, mentally, physically, etc.” A statement that could suggest overconfidence, but it is clear that Benzema’s current level leaves admiration. “I would like to see him as he can become. A true killer with the desire to smash everything and achieve ever higher goals ». Concluding and responding to these statements by Mouin Zidane about Noevi in 2014, the Madrid star did not hesitate to say: “He’s here. I’m here. I became that player Zidane was talking about. I’ve been for three years now”. This is what delights the French and Madrid fans.