Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has said he believes he is good enough to emulate team mate Cristiano Ronaldo and win the Ballon d’Or.
The Portuguese picked up he second consecutive Ballon d’Or in January and the third of his career after firing Madrid to success in the Champions League and Copa del Rey last season as well as helping them lift the European Super Cup and World Club Cup.
Benzema is often seen as more of a workhorse by many, doing a lot of work unnoticed to aid his more glamorous strike partner. But following an impressive display in the Clasico last weekend, in which he assisted Ronaldo’s equaliser, Benzema says he has what it takes to win football’s top individual honour.
Speaking to Le Parisien, he said: “If I continue winning trophies, yes, I can win it one day. Barca-Real is the biggest game in the world. The standard is at its maximum, with very few technical errors. When you manage to be good in that kind of game, it means it’s possible for you to get closer to the level of Cristiano and [Lionel] Messi.
“On Sunday, I got myself to that level. Having said that, I am not going to score 80 or 100 goals in a season. They manage to do that, but I do other things.”