Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has been named the best player in Europe by Onze d’Or.
The 33-year-old striker is having the best week of his career, after he was recently called back into the French national team for the first time in almost 6 years.
Just last week, the Frenchman was named the best oversea French player by the National Union of Professional Footballers’ – the French players’ association.
He has now been named the best player in Europe by Onze d’Or, beating competition from six-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, current best player, Robert Lewandowski, and rising star, Kylian Mbappe.
Speaking on winning the award, Benzema said: “I’ve been waiting for a long time to return [to the national team]. I’ve always worked and I’ve never given up. I really want to be with the French team, to train and to play matches because it’s a team with a lot of talent. I want to play for them.”
He then added that he’s excited to play alongside Mbappe, saying: “It can only be easy. He’s young but very talented, I like his football and how he moves on the pitch. It’s up to us to understand each other but I have no doubt that we will. But we shouldn’t focus on that partnership, because there are a lot of talented players in the group.”