Like most Ligue 1 coaches, Christophe Galtier believes that Karim Benzema would make a magnificent Golden Ball.
Jocelyn Gourvennec, Bruno Genesio, Gérald Baticle, Antoine Kombouaré… In Ligue 1 coaches, it’s Karim Benzema who wins the most votes in the Ballon d’Or race. And among the elite coaches, it was Christophe Galtier who delivered the best plea for the Real Madrid striker and the France team.
“I don’t know if he’s the favorite, but I wish it was him, commented the coach of OGC Nice at a press conference. I knew him very young in Lyon and contrary to all the clichés one can have, he is a charming boy, passionate about his job, obsessed with performance and results. When you’ve been attacking Real for twelve years, that means you’re one of the best in the world. I find that he has further raised his level over the last two seasons within a Real which is sometimes a little in difficulty and which has seen players leave. It is he who leads Real to success. I am also very happy to see him perform well with the France team. “
It should of course be specified that Benzema is especially unanimous among French Ligue 1 coaches. Foreigners have other preferences. Like Mauricio Pochettino, who militates without surprise for Lionel Messi. “There are a whole bunch of very good players who deserve to win the Golden Ball”, recalled the coach of Monaco. “Of course Benzema is one of them, but Robert Lewandowski is too. He’s coming out of an incredible season, he broke records ”, pleaded the former coach… of Bayern.