Brazil football legend, Ronaldo, has said Karim Benzema “deserves the Ballon d’Or”.
Benzema has been one of Real Madrid’s best players this season, as Los Blancos continue to march towards the LaLiga title.
The France striker has also returned to his national team after a lengthy absence.
Ronaldo, who won Liga and Supercopa de Espana titles during his time with Real Madrid, told Sky Italia: “Benzema? He deserves the Ballon d’Or.
“I’ve been saying it for years and they’ve criticised me, but he deserves it, he’s a great striker.”
Benzema scored a hat-trick as Carlo Ancelotti’s men beat Chelsea 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.