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Ligue Une coaches backing Real Madrid stiker Karim Benzema for Ballon d'Or

Ligue Une coaches are backing Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema for this year's Ballon d'Or.

No French player has won the award, which is handed out by France Football, since Zinedine Zidane, who received it in 1998 after leading France all the way to World Cup glory.

"I do not know if he is the favourite, but I hope it's him [who wins it]," Nice boss Christophe Galtier said during a press conference.

"I met him [when he was] very young at Lyon and contrary to all the clichés that can be said, he is a charming boy, passionate about his work, obsessed with performance and results.

"[He is] the best in the world. I think he has raised his level even more in the last two seasons. I'm also very happy to see him perform well for France."

Asked whether Benzema deserves the Ballon d'Or, Nantes tactician Antoine Kombouare had no doubts as he hailed his compatriot.

"Yes, of course [he deserves it], given what he does for Real Madrid and for the French [national] team," Kombouare noted.

"I'm 100 percent for him to win it."

Angers coach Gerald Baticle also believes that Benzema had a great year and thus he deserves to be handed the prize.

"He deserves the Ballon d'Or," said Baticle.

"There are many who can claim to deserve it, but it would not be a disappointment to see Benzema achieve it.

"[For what he's done] throughout his entire career and especially for the season he has had, which is one of a high level.

"He is a model for all attackers. I had the opportunity to coincide with him. He is a great professional who has been very effective in recent years and [has played at] an incredible level."

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