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Benzema Not Upset After Ballon dOr Snub - Ancelotti

MADRID - Real Madrid mentor Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday Karim Benzema is "not crying" about passing up winning his first Ballon d'Or. 

Lionel Messi, who left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain the previous summer, won the Ballon d'Or for a record seventh time on Monday. 

The 34-year-old Messi drove Argentina to the Copa America title in July and has scored 40 objectives in 2021, including 28 for Barca. 

Benzema, 33, completed fourth behind Messi, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho. 

In his Madrid public interview on Tuesday, Ancelotti was inquired as to whether the Ballon d'Or "actually has believability" following Messi's most recent triumph. 

"We need to regard the choice. Messi won he's as yet an extraordinary player," Ancelotti said. 

"For the players, individual honors are significant and they give inspiration - however assuming they don't win them, it doesn't make any difference. 

"Benzema has had an extraordinary season and completed fourth and presently he will have additional inspiration to complete first one year from now." 

Ancelotti added: "It's a significant honor yet it's as yet person. Karim Benzema isn't crying with regards to not winning it, nor Thibaut Courtois. They have acknowledged it with next to no issues." 

Ancelotti said he would have casted a ballot Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric as his main three. 

Vinicius scored a shining late victor against Sevilla on Sunday as Madrid moved four focuses clear at the highest point of La Liga. 

They could stretch out that benefit to seven focuses by beating Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. 

"I couldn't say whether we are top choices for La Liga however we're playing admirably and we're steady," Ancelotti said. 

Ancelotti likewise said Madrid won't sign any players in January however conceded despondent players could be permitted to leave. 

A few players like Isco and Eden Hazard have wound up undesirable under Ancelotti this season. 

Ancelotti said Hazard will be accessible against Athletic Bilbao yet demanded the Belgium assailant "should further develop his wellness since he's had issues of various types." 

"I don't care for January signings much. Assuming that we have players who are distraught, it's something we can contemplate yet we won't sign anybody. 

"We have enough to contend until the finish of the period." 

Sources: AFP

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