Karim Benzema has discussed his hopes of winning the 2021 Ballon d'Or after he was named on the 30-man shortlist for the award.
The France international is one of the frontrunners for the accolade after a fantastic start to the 2021/22 season. Benzema has bagged nine goals and seven assists in just eight La Liga games, catapulting Real Madrid to the top of La Liga, and scored an important goal in France's UEFA Nations League semi-final win on Thursday evening.
Speaking to the press ahead of Sunday's Nations League final, Benzema stated that he's dreamt of winning the Ballon d'Or since he was a child (quotes via France 24).
"I've been dreaming of winning it since I was a kid, we all do, all professional players," he said.
"So I've been doing everything possible and will continue to do so, because I hope to win it and fulfil my childhood dream. What is important is that people enjoy my football and that I feel happy and proud. There are strikers these days playing very well into their 30s and scoring many goals. Modern football allows for that.
"It's always a pleasure to be named on this list of the top 30 players, and I'll keep it in my a corner of my mind as an objective in the big matches."
The forward also took time preview the meeting with Spain, stating that he expects a 'huge' game at San Siro.
"I'm sure it'll be a huge final. Spain are a young team, but a very talented one. I just hope above all that it's a great game."