Thierry Henry has insisted that fellow countryman Karim Benzema has to win the coveted Ballon d’Or award this year after Real Madrid won the Champions League.
Benzema has had the best season of his career and was a vital part of Los Blancos’ journey to the final, in which a Vinicius Jr goal was enough to get past Liverpool 1-0.
The victory was the deciding factor for Henry in claiming that Benzema is the best player in the world this season.
Henry said: ‘I just wanted to say to something to France Football (who award the Ballon d’Or) or whoever is voting… Close the vote, Benzema won it. Bye!’
Los Blancos supporters are hoping Karim Benzema fires their side to UEFA Champions League success.
Although Benzema did not score in the final, he netted a remarkable 15 goals in 12 appearances in the competition. Only Cristiano Ronaldo – with 17 – has scored more in a Champions League season in 2013/14.
But Benzema’s haul also includes incredible back-to-back hat-tricks in the knock-out stages against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.
Outside of winning his fifth Champions League trophy, Benzema was instrumental in Real Madrid winning LaLiga and the Spanish Super Cup this season.
The Frenchman has scored an astonishing 44 goals in 46 games this season and has moved up to second in Real Madrid’s list of all-time goal-scorers.
The rule changes from this year’s Ballon d’Or onwards may work in Benzema’s favour.
Previously the award was given to the footballer with the best performance in a calendar year, but after much discussion over the merit of such an arbitrary time period, the Ballon d’Or will now be awarded for performance over a season.