Vinicius believes Benzema deserves the 2022 Ballon d'Or award
In 2021-22, Vinicius had his best season since he joined Real Madrid from Flamengo as a teenager. He scored 22 goals in 52 games, which was a new personal best. However, he says he faces "a long road" to compete for the Ballon d'Or
also scored the winning goal as Real Madrid beat Liverpool to win their 14th Champions League title in May in addition to playing a key role in Los Blancos' dominant La Liga triumph.
However, although Brazil icon and 2002 World Cup winner, Rivaldo, recently tipped Vinicius to challenge the Ballon d’Or title, the winger believes the examples set by fellow Madrid stars Benzema and Luka Modric show he has a long way to go.
It's [the Ballon d'Or] something that has to come naturally,"
Vinicius told the YouTube channelQue Papinho
"Karim is 35 years old and now he will win it, Modric won it at 33 [in 2018].
"I have many years to evolve, a very long road for me if God wants me to win it one day."
Benzema contributed 44 goals and 15 assists last season as Vinicius says his fellowReal Madrid
attacker is the perfect role model.
I'm only 21 years old. I want to follow players like Karim, Modric, Marcelo, who won five Champions League titles
," he added.
"I want to get as close to them as possible. That's when someone can call me that [a role model].
"Benzema repays the affection I have for him. He was a player I followed for a long time. I'm a big fan and being able to play with him today is incredible.
"He recently in an interview put me in his top five in the world, so I'm really happy."
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