Zinedine Zidane admits that, in his opinion, Karim Benzema is France's best ever striker.

The 34-year-old was awarded the 2022 Ballon d'Or on Monday night after a sensational season with Real Madrid - one that saw him bag 44 goals and contribute 15 assists in 46 appearances en route to winning La Liga and the Champions League.

Benzema notched 15 goals in the latter competition alone, including a hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain and crucial strikes against Manchester City in the knockout stages.

Ballon d'Or success saw Benzema become the first French player to win the trophy since Zidane in 1998, and only the fifth ever - Michel Platini, Jean-Pierre Papin and Raymond Kopa the illustrious company he has joined.

In an exclusive interview with French publication L'Equipe, Zidane has spoken at length about Benzema's success, and admitted that he considers the former Lyon hitman to be the greatest striker France have ever produced.

Zidane also spoke of Benzema's impact on his career as a manager, and talked about his remarkable consistency over the past few years.