LIGA - Benzema on Ballon D'or: dreaming of winning it since I was a kid
Karim Benzema, Real Madrid's in-form striker, told Spanish newspaper AS in an interview published on Saturday that he had dreamed of winning the Ballon d'Or since he was a child.
On Friday, Benzema was included to the long list of 30 candidates for the 2021 Ballon d'Or, a day after scoring in France's 3-2 win over Belgium to reach the Nations League final.
"I've been dreaming of winning it since I was a kid, we all do, all professional players," said Benzema.
"So I've been doing everything possible and will continue to do so, because I hope to win it and fullfil my childhood dream."
"What is important is that people enjoy my football and that I feel happy and proud.
"There are strikers these days playing very well into their 30s and scoring many goals," said Benzema, who will be 34 in December.
"Modern football allows for that," he said.
"It's always a pleasure to be named on this list of the top 30 players, and I'll keep it in my a corner of my mind as an objective in the big matches."