Govou played with both players during his career and insists Benzema is the superior talent.
He told L'Equipe: "I think he's largely Thierry's level. Thierry really impressed me because he was not only a fast player but he had the ball. But Karim is more complete.
"He also has a kind of presence because he is smaller and less athletic. Karim has always been a top player. If you love football, it's impossible not to love him.
"I recently saw one of his goals against Glasgow Rangers in the Champions League with OL (3-0, December 12, 2007). He does it all, ball driving, running, hitting in the sequence. There, we say to ourselves that he already had something else..."