Ballon d’Or: Le Graët denounces an injustice

Karim Benzema’s fourth place in the Ballon d’Or ranking is difficult for the president of the French Football Federation to understand.

Karim Benzema fell from a height on Monday. While some imagined him to be able to mingle in the expected struggle between Lionel messi and Robert lewandowski, the French indeed had to be content with fourth place. Finally overtaken by Jorginho, the player of real Madrid also stayed a good distance from the podium, collecting only 239 points against 460 for the midfielder of Chelsea and Italy. A result that is necessarily difficult to digest.

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The former Lyonnais has also relayed on Instagram a message that says a lot about his bitterness. ” I play for people who know football », We could read on his account. But Karim Benzema was not the only one to be disappointed with the final verdict. The same was true of Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation, who showed some misunderstanding to AFP.

Benzema deserved the podium

“I think Benzema deserved the podium, he thus confided. Messi is incomparable, even if it is more the prize list (which made the difference) than the last twelve months which are not, I believe, the best of his career. Benzema who finds himself fourth, it is not the best place but it proves his qualities. “

And the boss of French football also supported Karim Benzema regarding his suspended sentence of one year in prison in the sextape case, regretting that“She’s been dragging on for too long. “” It’s been six years, frankly. It comes back to a time when we were perhaps a little in difficulty, after the elimination (at the Euro). Justice must render its decision, but it is still not the business of the century. Bringing Benzema back in this business all the time, it’s very complicated, he doesn’t deserve it ”, he estimated.

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