Ballon d’ Or: Rafael Nadal snubs Messi, Ronaldo, names player who should win award

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Tennis superstar, Rafael Nadal, has snubbed Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and named Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema as the player who should win the 2021 Ballon d’ Or.

Nadal expressed his support for Benzema to win the Ballon d’ Or this year, hailing his commitment to the game.

Benzema was among the Ballon d’ Or 30-man nominees shortlisted recently.

The France international will battle Messi, Ronaldo, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s Jorginho and among others for the Ballon d’ Or this year.

The winner for this year’s Ballon d’ Or will be announced on November 29.

“My admiration as a player, the commitment to sports and professionalism at his age,” Nadal wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

“Good luck, and my support for the 2021 Ballon d’Or goes to Benzema.”

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Benzema is the top scorer in La Liga so far this season after scoring nine goals in Real Madrid’s first nine games.

The 33-year-old has also scored two goals for Real Madrid in the Champions League this campaign.

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