Carlo Ancelotti highlights difference in Karim Benzema's Ballon d’Or success

This is Ancelotti’s second spell in charge of Real Madrid and Benzema too.

Since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid, everything is turning gold. Karim Benzema’s Ballon d’Or is just the latest mark of that. The French forward is already a fan of Ancelotti and will likely remain grateful to him for facilitating his victory.

Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s match with Elche, Carlo Ancelotti told Marca that he was pleased with the award as it was partly down to the work of the team.

“We are very happy. We feel it is partly ours. He has said that he is very proud of this award, he has also thanked all his teammates because it is just that, an individual award thanks to the help of a team. We have all congratulated him. It’s done, we have to think about the next one, and it can start tomorrow.”

This is Ancelotti’s second spell in charge of Real Madrid and Benzema too. He was asked what had changed in the Frenchman during the eight years since he had left and now.

“He definitely has much more responsibility and feels much more like a leader in this team than he did eight years ago. He hasn’t changed much technically, his quality is the same. What has changed is his responsibility and his attitude towards the team, being much more of a leader.”

Benzema definitely took that role seriously last season and showed his magical performance in the Champions League. He won La Liga and Champions League for Real Madrid in 2021/22. He will now eye for the World Cup glory with France.

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