Valbuena: 'Benzema deserves the Ballon d'Or'

Valbuena: ‘Benzema deserves the Ballon d’Or’

Present in Rothen ignites, this Tuesday evening on RMC, the former midfielder of the Blues Mathieu Valbuena reacted for the very first time to Karim Benzema’s decision to give up appealing his conviction in the so-called sextape affair. . Happy to be able to “move on to something else”, the Olympiacos player assures that he does not have a grudge against his former partner in the selection. And even wishes him to win the Ballon d’Or.

These are the words of a relieved, peaceful man. And not at all in revenge. While Karim Benzema gave up appealing his one-year suspended prison sentence (and 75,000 euros fine) a few days ago in the so-called Mathieu Valbuena sextape case, the attacking midfielder of Olympiacos and consultant RMC Sport – victim in this case – reacted for the first time this Tuesday evening in Rothen ignites.

Glad to be able to “move on” after almost seven years of twists and turns and proceedings, the former international assures “not to be resentful”. And even wishes the best to his former teammate with the Blues, from a sporting point of view.

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“It wouldn’t be fair to say he doesn’t deserve the Ballon d’Or”

If Benzema’s lawyer spoke last week of a “judicial truth (which) is not reality”, Valbuena does not want to get into the soundtrack game. “It’s their defense, he slips. But the fact of giving up this call still means a lot of things in my opinion, after everyone can think what they want to think. For me, the more important is to be able to move on, because seven years is not nothing. After that… I’m not angry, I don’t have a grudge against anyone, everyone goes their own way , quite simply.”

As proof, Mathieu Valbuena salutes the remarkable season carried out by “KB9”, winner of La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid. “It would not be honest to say that he does not deserve the Golden Ball, he explains. Yes, he deserves the Golden Ball. I can speak objectively on a sporting level. (…) I’m doing my merry way, too, there’s no problem.”

While Benzema traces his route in Madrid, Valbuena will also continue his adventures in Greece. “I have an oral agreement (for an extension) with Olympiacos, we just have to sign the papers, but normally I continue, reveals the 37-year-old player. I am very happy there, I am very fulfilled in this club, in this country too.”

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