The Real Madrid star, who is set to take part in a major international tournament for the first time since 2014, says he based his game on the Brazilian.
Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time having won a string of honors throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, including two World Cups with Brazil and two Ballon d’Ors.
Benezma admits Ronaldo’s skills were “a level above” his, but says he drew a lot of inspiration from the former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker early in his career.
What did Benzema say about Ronaldo?
Ask by Be in sports Of his idol Ronaldo, who has scored 352 goals in 518 career club appearances, Benzema said: “I met him, I had the chance to meet him in Madrid. He was my role model, he still is.
“He’s someone who made me believe in myself, to reflect the skills he highlighted, not in the same way or at the same pace, because he was at a higher level than me. But this type of attacker is what I like.
“He’s the only player I’ve tried to take three or four things from. So when I was young, that’s when I really loved him. I had a VHS of him from 1996-97 when he was playing at Barca.
“I always wanted to be a model striker. Someone who knows how to score, but also organize the game, who knows how to play with the ball at his feet. One touch, make movements, stay in the box. A little bit of everything. “
Benzema “not finished yet”
Benzema has not been to a major tournament for France since the 2014 World Cup, after being dropped by coach Didier Deschamps in 2016 due to his alleged involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape scandal.
However, he is now back in the international fold and joins a Blues side eager to add the European Championship to the World Cup they won in Russia three years ago.
At 33, Benzema is approaching the final years of his career, although the Real Madrid forward insists there is still a long way to go.
“I haven’t finished yet,” he added. “I feel good with the man I am, the man I have become.
“I think there have been ups and downs. I never wanted to be at the top or the bottom, I just want to be level. “
France opened their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany in Munich on Tuesday, although Benzema is uncertain for that game after limping with a knee injury in the first half of last week’s friendly victory over Bulgaria.