Real Madrid ahead Karim Benzema has revealed how he takes care of himself and highlights his Ballon d’Or ambitions after his wonderful performances for Los Blancos in latest seasons.
Benzema is 34 later this yr however in the shape of his life for Real, whereas he has additionally returned to the French nationwide workforce after a protracted absence this yr. Considered amongst the perfect strikers on the planet at current by most, Benzema gave an perception into how he continues to get the perfect out of himself regardless of his age.
In a prolonged interview with L’Equipe, Benzema mentioned: “It’s been three, four seasons since I realized this need. [to take care of myself].
So there are two solutions as you approach the thirties: either you take care of yourself to take care of your physique, transform your body, or you release yourself and then you end your career quickly.
“I take yr after yr, with the aim of maintaining myself on prime. If you might be bodily good, there may be additionally the thoughts. The expertise, you will have it. To maintain, you would like the thoughts and the physique. Football, I’ve had all of it alongside. As you grow old, repeat the trouble, do it each three days, go by way of hygiene, at 34 in December I really feel good!
“As soon as I finish a match, for example, I go into the cold bath for five minutes. The next day I rest a bit then I do jogging, strength training and physical exercises. In fact, I never stop talking to myself.”
The ahead additionally mentioned being in line for a shot on the Ballon d’Or – which is extra open than it has been in years with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi additionally within the mid – thirties. The pair have received 11 of the final 12 awards – Benzema’s teammate Luka Modric received the second in 2018 – however Benzema thinks it is totally different now.
“We have to think about it when we have ambitions,” he mentioned of the Ballon d’Or. “But it does not have to be an obsession that focuses you on yourself again, on saying that you absolutely must shine individually and score goals for yourself. If you have to win, it’s for who you are, what you show on pitch, what I am doing.
“This is as a result of for the final ten, twelve years it was simply Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They had been at such a stage that hardly anybody might disturb them. The scenario has modified. Many gamers have proven themselves with out being at the highest.”