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Karim Benzema: “People who criticize Messi don’t understand football.”

Karim Benzema was interviewed by telefoot yesterday and was asked about Messi, Mbappe, Champions League matches, Ballon d’ Or.

Benzema on Champions league nights

He stated “Champions League games are special. People are waiting for that. You don't go to the stadium just to play the match. You have to give people something, because it's also for them that you play football.”

Benzema on Messi

“Messi is just going through a period of adaptation. Even when he is not scoring goals, you have to look at what he's doing on the pitch. You can't criticize him.People who criticize Messi don't understand football.”

“How is Leo Messi not going to succeed? It's just a time of adaptation, because he doesn't score many goals. But look at what he does on the pitch! You can't criticize him."

Benzema on his relationship with Mbappe

“Playing against Mbappé? It's going to be special, because we like each other! We'll see what happens, he wants to win, and so do I!"

He added "Mbappe? We like each other."

“The game against Mbappé will be special. I want to win, so does he. We talk about many things in private, but we haven't even talked about the game yet.”

Karim Benzema on him not winning the Ballon d’Or

"For me, the Ballon d'Or is someone who carries his team, scores goals in difficult times and wins titles."

"Seeing the supporters chant my name before the Ballon d'Or, singing my birthday, these are things that touch and push me to continue showing things on the pitch!”

Karim Benzema on being a captain

"When I have the armband, it pushes me to lead by example. Having the chance to wear the armband is something exceptional that motivates me even more."

Benzema on his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo

"I learned a lot from Cristiano. So when he left, I was ready to step up.

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