Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United legend, assured that Karim Benzema is the “best nine in the world” after his hat trick against Chelsea.

The former English soccer player, now a television commentator, praised the French ‘nine’ after his display at Stamford Bridge.

“He has put his team at the top of the league. They are flying and he is the talisman,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“When Cristiano Ronaldo was at Madrid, Benzema had the humility to occupy a secondary position because he knew it was the best for the team. Now he has come out of the shadows. He is 34 years old and is the best nine in the world. He is on another level Goals, assists, he combines, he gives another rhythm to the match”, he added.

Steve McManaman, ex-Madrid, commented on the same television that Benzema’s experience “is everything”. “Every time he jumps onto the pitch he looks like he’s going to score. His movements are very smart.”

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