Benzema ignores Pele, Maradona as he names Ronaldo Delima as his idol

Benzema ignores Pele, Maradona as he names Ronaldo Delima as his idol

  • Ronaldo Delima has been hailed by Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema who named the Brazilian as his model
  • The former Brazil international won the World Cup twice during his active playing time which was incredible
  • Benzema and his teammates in the French national national team are in top gear for the 2020 EURO championship

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Karim Benzema has named Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Delima as his model while growing up claiming that the former Barcelona and Real Madrid star was an inspiration for him.

There is no doubt about the fact that Ronaldo Delima was one of the best strikers in the world during his active playing time considering the number of goals he has scored.

During his time as a striker, Ronaldo Delima won two World Cup titles with Brazil and also two Ballon d'Or awards before he hanged his boots.

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After six years of being left out of the French national team, Karim Benzema recently made a return and he is expected to play for France in the EURO 2020 tournament.

According to the report on GOAL and beinsports, Karim Benzema explained that Ronaldo Delima's skills were far above his own during his time on the pitch.

''I met him, I was lucky to meet him in Madrid. He was my role model, he still is.
“He is someone who made me believe in myself, to mirror the skills that he showcased, not in the same way or at the same pace, because he was at a level above me. But this type of attacker is what I like.
“He is the only player from whom I tried to take three or four things. So when I was young, that was when I really loved him. I had a VHS of him from 1996-97 when he was playing at Barca.''

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Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in action. Photo by Aurelien Meunier
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Karim Benzema was hailed by Jose Mourinho ahead of France's campaign in the EURO 2020 claiming the Real Madrid star was of great help to Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

French players including Karim Benzema are in top gear for the EURO 2020 where they will face Germany in their first game of the championship which is expected to be tough.

According to the report, Jose Mourinho explained that Karim Benzema will be of great important to France in the tournament.

He joked that Cristiano Ronaldo was in love with Karim Benzema when he was at Real Madrid based on the assists he gave him then.

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