Karim Benzema has said many times that Ronaldo Nazario was and always will be his biggest idol in world football. But what is the French legend’s admiration for the Brazilian world championship?
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Well, during the current season, in an interview with ESPN FC, he identified Karim El Fenomeno as the most complete striker he’s ever seen. He even ventured that he would be the only striker who would agree to be his replacement.
“Ronaldo, I said it and I repeat it, is my role model. The only striker I agree to be on the bench is him. He made me love football. For me, he is the most complete striker, a role model.
If you want to learn something about being a striker, watch R9.”Benzema said, with words captured and translated from an interview (2021) published on ESPN FC’s YouTube channel.
You have to be really special to receive such awards from a talented and high-quality player like Karim Benzema. There is no doubt that Ronaldo was.
Two-time World Cup winner, Ballon d’Or, top scorer for Barcelona and Real Madrid and author of over 400 goals as a professional, El Fenómeno, with his unique style of play, has scored and continues to mark entire generations. This is perhaps his greatest legacy.