September 30, 2022

Valbuena: To say that Benzema doesn’t deserve the Ballon d’Or would be dishonest

According to MARCA Mathieu Valbuena, despite his past legal problems with fellow Frenchman Karim Benzema, does not hold a grudge against the Real Madrid striker and recognises that the No.9 deserves to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or.

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The two’s sex-tape case was only recently completely put to bed, with Benzema dropping his appeal just last week.

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“It would be dishonest to say that Benzema does not deserve the Ballon d’Or,” Valbuena told RMC.

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“Yes, he deserves it. I can speak objectively on a sporting level and I can do it happily. There is no problem.”

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In 2021/22, Benzema has scored 44 goals and provided 15 assists in 46 appearances, a very respectable tally, and one that makes him the favourite to be awarded the Ballon d’Or 2022 in Paris on October 17.

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Valbuena holds no grudge against Benzema

Valbuena also stated that he does not hold a grudge over his former teammate regarding the scandal.

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“I don’t hold a grudge at all and I always said what I had to say,” Valbuena said.

“It was a difficult time, but one from which I was able to recover. Now everyone goes their own way.”

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Benzema was found guilty in the case, and was sentenced to a one-year suspended prison term, which he would have to serve in the event of a repeat offence. He was also fined 75,000 euros.

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“In my opinion, the waiver of an appeal means many things, after which everyone can think what they want,” Valbuena added.

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“For me, the most important thing is to be able to move on, because seven years is nothing.”

Benzema’s side of the story in the Valbuena sex-tape case
During the trial, Benzema’s lawyers defended the thesis that the footballer’s actions were exclusively to help Valbuena, without any malicious intent.

(MARCA)

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