Rafael Nadal Backs Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema to Win Ballon d’Or 2021

Published 10/26/2021, 12:54 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 31: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his Men’s Singles third round match against Hyeon Chung of South Korea on day six of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Former world no.1 and 20-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal, who is currently in rehab after a foot injury forced him stay out of contention post Citi Open this year, extended his support for Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema.

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Nadal, who is an ardent follower of football recently posted on twitter about Benzema’s commitment towards the sport and mentions him as his pick for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.

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Rafael Nadal appreciates Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema

My admiration as a player, the commitment to sports and professionalism at his age. Good luck and my support for the 2021 Golden Ball, Karim Benzema”, tweeted Nadal.

Benzema has been getting a lot of support from Real Madrid as they want him to be one of the top contenders for the Golden Ball this year. Nadal’s extension of support would be a huge plus to all Real Madrid fans across the globe.

Alongside tennis, the Spaniard has been attending several events over the past few week to discharge endorsement duties as he got to spend time off tennis.

Even though Nadal’s return at next year’s Australian Open hangs in the balance, the practice sessions on-court have begun for the Spaniard.

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

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Nadal is most likely to make a comeback at 2022 Australian Open

Making a successful comeback once again won’t be easy for the 20-time major champion but there have been instances in the past where Nadal bounced back from injury and ended up having successful runs on the ATP tour.

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However, the 2022 ATP season has already hooked the attention of tennis fans, especially at majors as the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Matteo Berrettini have shown their mettle at slams this year and will be eagerly waiting for the chance to wrap their hands around all the four majors next year.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Amidst the stiff competition from youngsters, it’s an uphill task for Nadal to stage an epic comeback at the Australian Open but one can expect the Spaniard to grow from strength to strength and be fully fit to win his beloved French Open.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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