"My top three? I would say Benzema, myself, and Mané," Kylian Mbappe told France Football, when asked to name who he would vote for in this year's Ballon d'Or.
"I would say that this year is a success for Benzema. He’s 34 years old, has just had the season of his life, has won another Champions League and is often decisive…
"If I were Karim, if I don’t win this, I’ll stop thinking about the Ballon d’Or forever. (laughs)."
Benzema indeed had a season of his life, scoring 44 goals in 46 appearances and playing a key role in Madrid's Champions League and La Liga triumphs.