Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has revealed that he thinks about winning the Ballon d’Or “all the time” but insists that it is not an obsession for him.
The prize, given to the outstanding footballer in any calendar year, has been dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over the course of the last 11 years, with Luka Modric the sole interloper to the duo’s control of the award since 2009.
France Football, the organisation which runs the competition, has announced that it will not be awarded in 2020 for the first time since its inception in 1956 owing to the chaos that the coronavirus crisis has plunged football into.
After playing a key role in Madrid turning around a deficit to Barcelona at the summit of La Liga, Benzema might ultimately have been seen as a candidate to win it this year, and he admits that it has been something of a goal in his career.
Asked on his YouTube account if he thinks about winning the gong, he said:
“Sure, all the time, from my childhood, but it’s not something that drives me crazy. You always think of the Ballon d’Or when you are a professional footballer and when you are competitive.
“I never try to define myself by my playing position, as a number nine or not a number nine, as 10 or 11; I am a football player and I try to be the best player in the world.”