Benzema is Madrid's best player, not Ronaldo – Abidal

The former Barcelona star says he would sign his compatriot if he was in charge at Camp Nou

Ex-Barcelona defender Eric Abidal believes Real Madrid’s best player is Karim Benzema and wishes his former club would bid for the striker.

The France international has scored 20 goals in 40 appearances for the European champions this season – a tally only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo’s 41 strikes so far this term.

However, despite being the least heralded member of the club’s forward line, which sees Bale and Ronaldo operate either side of him, Abidal is convinced of his importance.

“Benzema is the man I’d sign from Madrid if I were at Barca,” he told Gol TV. “Definitely, because for me he is Madrid’s most important player right now.

“If you take Benzema away from Real Madrid then they would continue scoring goals, but not as many as they do with Karim in the team. He’s a very complete player and other players well in Madrid when Karim is there.

“So yes, if I have to sign one person it would be him. And not just because he is my friend and my compatriot, but because of his qualities.”

Abidal, who left Camp Nou in 2013 for Monaco but has subsequently retired, predicts a victory for the Catalans in Sunday’s Clasico and suggests each of the club’s famed trio of forwards will score.

“I think it will finish 3-1 to Barca,” he added. “I think Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will each score, though I’d like Javier Mascherano to get a goal for the club.

“Barca are doing much better than at the start of the season, when they struggled a little bit. Now, in 2015, everything’s looking impressive and hopefully that continues until the end of the season.”

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