Karim Benzema: “Now at 34 I’m better, I play better.”

Karim Benzema spoke to the European Sports Media (ESM) media who formed the jury that, along with the 96 Champions League, Europa League and Conference coaches, voted him UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season.

The France international won 523 votes, to 122 for Kevin De Bruyne and 118 for Thibaut Courtois.

“Now at 34 I’m better, I play better. It’s true that on a personal level this was the best season of my career, but one thing hasn’t changed: I go on the pitch thinking about what I have to do to win the game, I think about the team, not myself,” Benzema said in quotes transcribed by Marca.

“It is clear that this Champions League was the most difficult of the five I have won, and for me, it was also the most beautiful because of the comebacks and because we never gave up.”

On Cristiano Ronaldo

“Cristiano helped me a lot, with him I had another role and when he left I knew I could take a step forward in scoring goals, but still playing football.

“What has changed since then is my goal tally, but I’m still playing the way I think you have to play the game. The numbers mean I’m not far behind the Real Madrid legends, and that gives me confidence, even though I know that reaching Cristiano’s goals tally is impossible.

“That’s why I focus on what I can do on the pitch to help the team win. Numbers are not the most important thing. I don’t play thinking only about titles or goals. I play because I love football, although I have dreams, of course, like winning the World Cup or a Ballon d’Or.”

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