La Liga: Karim Benzema dismisses claims of teammate Cristiano Ronaldo being selfish

Madrid: France and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has said Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo is not a selfish player.

Ronaldo has been time and again questioned for not passing the ball enough and instead taking a swipe at the goal himself.

But Benzema, who along with Ronaldo successfully defended the Champions League crown in a 4-1 final win against Juventus in Cardiff, said whenever he hears Ronaldo's name he just has admiration for the Portuguese. Ronaldo scored twice in the final.

File photo of Karim Benzema. AP

File photo of Karim Benzema. AP

"I have no words. When I hear his name, I just have a gesture of admiration," Benzema told a Spanish website AS.

"He's an extraordinary person. We understand each other well on the pitch. He wants to have the ball but it's very difficult to get it when he runs with it.

"He's not selfish on the pitch but if he has the ball he always wants to go for goal. And suddenly, he'll set me up to score," he added.

Ronaldo, a four-time Ballon d'Or winner, finished atop the Champions League scoring charts in the campaign, having netted 10 times from the quarter-final stage.

Meanwhile, Marco Asensio expressed his desire to stay at Real Madrid after experiencing a superb season at the Bernabeu, despite starting in only 11 games.

"My intention is to stay at Real Madrid and to earn a lot of minutes. My goal is to be a starter at Real Madrid. There were moments when I didn't play, but I wanted to make the most of any chances the coach offered me and I finished up in good form," Asensio told reporters at a press conference in Madrid on Thursday.

"I wasn't used to not playing. Yet I worked hard to make the most of the opportunities I got and I was able to finish the season well.

"With the national team I want to nail down my place in the squad and with Real Madrid I will try to get more minutes, more important minutes, and continue winning titles," he added.


Published Date: Jun 09, 2017 04:28 pm | Updated Date: Jun 09, 2017 04:45 pm


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