Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday Karim Benzema is “not crying” about missing out on worthwhile his first Ballon d’Or.
Lionel Messi, who left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain closing summer season, gained the Ballon d’Or for a report seventh time on Monday.
The 34-12 months-earlier Messi led Argentina to the Copa America title in July and has scored 40 aims in 2021, along with 28 for Barca.
Benzema, 33, accomplished fourth behind Messi, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.
In his Madrid press conference on Tuesday, Ancelotti was requested if the Ballon d’Or “nonetheless has credibility” following Messi’s latest victory.
“We ought to respect the selection. Messi gained and he’s nonetheless a improbable participant,” Ancelotti said.
“For the avid gamers, specific particular person awards are important and they also give motivation – however after they do not win them, it could not matter.
“Benzema has had a improbable season and accomplished fourth and now he can have further motivation to finish first subsequent 12 months.”
Ancelotti added: “It’s an important award but it surely certainly’s nonetheless specific particular person. Karim Benzema is not crying about not worthwhile it, nor Thibaut Courtois. They have accepted it with none points.”
Ancelotti said he would have voted Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric as his prime three.
Vinicius scored a scintillating late winner in opposition to Sevilla on Sunday as Madrid moved 4 elements clear on the prime of La Liga.
They could lengthen that profit to seven elements by beating Athletic Bilbao on the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
“I do not know if we’re favourites for La Liga nonetheless we’re participating in correctly and we’re fixed,” Ancelotti said.
Ancelotti moreover said Madrid will not sign any avid gamers in January nonetheless admitted unhappy avid gamers may be allowed to depart.
Some avid gamers like Isco and Eden Hazard have found themselves out of favour beneath Ancelotti this season.
Ancelotti said Hazard will probably be accessible in opposition to Athletic Bilbao nonetheless insisted the Belgium attacker “ought to improve his well being on account of he’s had points of assorted varieties.”
“I do not like January signings so much. If we’ve now avid gamers who aren’t utterly glad, it’s one factor we’re capable of consider nonetheless we’re not going to sign anyone.
“We have adequate to compete until the highest of the season.”