Thierry Henry believes Liverpool forward Sadio Mane and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema are the “2 favourites for the Ballon d’Or” this year.
The award is provided by French news publication France Football towards completion of each year and selected by sports authors plus coaches and captains of global groups.
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However, Henry reckons it might be time for a fresh winner this year with Benzema and Mane shining genuine Madrid and Liverpool, who will contest this season’s Champions League last
” If you think of the [Champions League] last and to make it even larger, the 2 favourites for the Ballon d’Or are Mane and Benzema,” Henry informed CBS Sports
” So that will include a little additional spice into it.
” I still think that Benzema is ahead, however if Mane wins it with Liverpool and they do make the quadruple, that would be a quite strong case.
” It would be excellent for Africa, however I’m still opting for Benzema.”
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Mane has actually scored 21 objectives for Liverpool this season in all competitors while he assisted Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations magnificence and Benzema has actually been on fire too with 43 objectives and 13 helps for Los Blancos.
Meanwhile, Luis Diaz– who signed up with Liverpool from Porto in the January transfer window– has actually insisted his self-belief has actually originated from his youth maturing in La Guajira.
The Colombian stated: “From La Guajira. It originates from my roots. I constantly played football in my town, in my homeland. They are my attributes, they have actually instilled in me a number of things that I have today and now I have actually grown a lot more. That’s my video game.
” Each video game is a vengeance for constantly heading out to try to find more, I understand what it costs and I need to benefit from every minute, every minute I have. The rest is really crucial for what is to come.”
The 25- year-old has actually currently struck the ground performing at Liverpool– who are going after an unprecendented Quadruple– contributing 5 objectives and 3 helps because showing up in the winter season.
Diaz included: “When we reach a circumstances of these, like a last, what has actually currently occurred is removed. We understand what a last is. In a last you forget tiredness, you play, you run and you battle.”