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Sadio Mane backs Karim Benzema to win this 2022 Ballon d’Or

Sadio Mane backs Karim Benzema to win this year’s Ballon d’Or after his superb season for Real Madrid… with the Bayern Munich star claiming the French striker ‘easily deserves’ to clinch the award

  • Sadio Mane and Karim Benzema are both nominated for the 2022 Ballon d’Or
  • Mane was shortlisted for his performances for former club Liverpool
  • Benzema helped guide Real Madrid to the Champions League and LaLiga titles 

Bayern Munich star Sadio Mane has claimed Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema ‘easily deserves’ to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.

Mane and Benzema are among the nominees for the prestigious award, with the winner due to be announced at a glittering ceremony in Paris on October 17.

The Senegal forward, who joined the German giants from Liverpool for £35m in the summer, was full of praise for the Frenchman when he was asked about the Ballon d’Or following Bayern’s thumping 5-0 win over Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.

Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mane is among the nominees for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award 

The Senegal star has backed Karim Benzema to win the award after his superb season for Real

The Senegal star has backed Karim Benzema to win the award after his superb season for Real

Benzema enjoyed a stellar campaign for Real last season as he helped guide the Spanish club to the Champions League and LaLiga titles.

‘Honestly, I think that Karim deserves it this year,’ Mane said. 

‘He’s had a great, great season with Real Madrid. He’s won the Champions League… I think he easily deserves it, so I’m happy for him.

‘I know I won the African Cup of Nations, it was a relief for me and for the whole country, and I’m really happy to have won my first Afcon with my country. But I think it’s Karim who deserves it, and I honestly believe that.’

Mane scored a wonder goal in Bayern's 5-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday night

Mane scored a wonder goal in Bayern’s 5-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday night

Mane and Benzema are joined on the shortlist for the award by the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski, Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo, although seven-time winner Lionel Messi has not been nominated.

Mane was speaking after Bayern’s victory in the Champions League on Tuesday night, where he scored a superb goal that left Liverpool fans ruining his decision to leave Anfield.

Picking up the ball just outside of Plzen’s area, Mane lifted it over two defenders, hustled and bustled his way through a collection of opponents on the edge of the box before bending home into the corner of the net. 

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