Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has predicted the winner of this season’s Ballon d’Or – with Karim Benzema, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Robert Lewandowski all within the operating
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Thierry Henry has backed both Sadio Mane or Karim Benzema to win this season’s Ballon d’Or, overlooking Mohamed Salah.
Mane’s Liverpool and Benzema’s Actual Madrid will meet within the Champions League ultimate later this month. The Reds certified for the showpiece occasion in Paris after beating Villarreal 5-2 on combination, whereas Actual edged Manchester Metropolis 6-5 in a pulsating tie.
All three gamers are anticipated to start out the ultimate. Benzema is presently the favorite for the award after serving to Actual win La Liga and the Spanish Tremendous Cup, scoring 43 objectives in as many video games this season. He additionally received the Nations League with France in October.
However Mane has helped Liverpool elevate the EFL Cup and might be a part of a historic quadruple-winning aspect. The Reds have reached the FA Cup ultimate – in addition to the Champions League – and are only one level behind leaders Man Metropolis within the Premier League title race.
The Senegalese ahead has additionally flourished at worldwide stage, main his nation to victory in February’s Africa Cup of Nations ultimate and qualification for this yr’s World Cup in Qatar. Each deciding video games in these tournaments had been towards Salah’s Egypt.
And for these causes, Henry believes Benzema and Mane are the favourites for the Ballon d’Or. “If you concentrate on the ultimate and to make it even greater, the 2 favourites for the Ballon d’Or are Sadio Mane and Karim Benzema,” the Frenchman advised CBS Sports activities.
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“That may add slightly further spice into it. I nonetheless consider that Benzema is forward, but when Mane wins it with Liverpool they usually do make the quadruple, that might be a reasonably sturdy case. It might be nice for Africa, however I’m nonetheless going with Benzema.”
Regardless of Henry’s opinion, Salah will fancy his possibilities of successful the Ballon d’Or. He’s nonetheless considered by many as Liverpool’s talisman – scoring 30 objectives and offering 14 assists this season – and was lately named the FWA Footballer of the Yr.
Salah is among the favourites to be named PFA Gamers’ Participant of the Yr and Liverpool’s equal award. He is additionally main the race for Premier League’s Golden Boot and Playmaker awards. As compared, Mane has scored 21 objectives and offered three assists for his membership this time period.
Benzema, Mane nor Salah have ever received the Ballon d’Or. The defending champion is Lionel Messi, who picked up a document seventh crown final yr. Luka Modric is the one participant other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi to win the Ballon d’Or since 2007.
“In fact it means rather a lot, it might imply rather a lot to win it,” Salah advised FourFourTwo when requested in regards to the Ballon d’Or. “One in every of my functions in life is to vary the individuals, particularly in my nation, an Arab nation – that they’ll obtain what they wish to obtain.
“These issues give them extra perception in themselves, that they’ll do no matter they need… I’ll by no means say, ‘Yeah, I’m higher than this particular person or I’m higher than that particular person.’ No – however in my thoughts I’m all the time selecting myself as the most effective, I don’t select anybody apart from me. It’s all the time opinion, although. I respect all different gamers.”