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Ballon d’Or: Thierry Henry picks two players to win award this year

Arsenal icon Thierry Henry has chosen Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane to compete for the Ballon d’Or this year.

Both Mane and Benzema will meet in the Champions League final later this month in France, after Real Madrid and Liverpool earned their berths.

Liverpool advanced to the final after defeating Villarreal, while Real Madrid overcame Manchester City in the semis.

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Benzema, 34, has 43 goals in all competitions this season, including four in both legs of the quarter-finals against Chelsea.

Mane, on the other hand, has excelled for Liverpool and Senegal of late, contributing with crucial goals for club and country and could make a ‘strong case’ to win the Ballon d’Or.

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But Henry feels Benzema is ‘ahead’ in the race to win the coveted award.

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“If you think about the [Champions League] final and to make it even bigger, the two favourites for the Ballon d’Or are Mane and Benzema,” Henry told CBS Sports.

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“So that will add a little extra spice into it.

“I still believe that Benzema is ahead, but if Mane wins it with Liverpool and they do make the quadruple, that would be a pretty strong case.

“It would be great for Africa, but I’m still going with Benzema.”

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