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Karim Benzema is a mix of Ronaldo Nazario and Zinedine Zidane — Florentino Perez

By Ben Green

Karim Benzema is a mix of Ronaldo Nazario and Zinedine Zidane — Florentino Perez

Published: 15:29, 18 October 2022

Recently-crowned Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema has been described as fusion between Ronaldo Nazario and Zinedine Zidane by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

The 34-year-old sealed football’s most-coveted individual accolade during Monday night’s ceremony in Paris, becoming the first Frenchman to win the award since Zidane in 1998 — and he was at the event to hand his fellow countryman the prestigious annual gong.

Karim Benzema news: A cross between Ronaldo and Zidane?

  • Real Madrid president Perez has described 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Benzema as a mix of Ronaldo and Zidane.
  • The Madrid magnate believes Benzema’s recognition as football’s best player is long overdue.
  • Benzema netted 44 goals in 46 games across all competitions for Real last season as they won La Liga and the Champions League.
  • Sadio Mane and Kevin De Bruyne finished second and third respectively in the final Ballon d’Or standings.

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Benzema notched a whopping 44 goals in 46 games as Los Blancos won the Champions League and reclaimed their La Liga crown off rivals Atletico Madrid. And club president Perez has now sung the forward’s praises quite exceedingly by comparing him to Zidane and Ronaldo, two of his former Galacticos.

“I’m happy because at last Karim Benzema has his due as the best player in the world, which is what he has been for a few years. He has deserved it for a long time because he has been the best for three or four years,” Perez told Cadena Ser.

“He’s a 9 that’s a mix of Ronaldo Nazario and Zinedine Zidane. He’s a 9 that does those two jobs at the same time. He moves forward like Zidane did and shoots on goal like Ronaldo did.”