The Portuguese star has had a fine start to life in Italy, scoring 28 goals across all competitions with his contributions helping Massimiliano Allegri's men clinch the Italian Super Cup and Italian Serie A this term.
Last year, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric ended Ronaldo and Messi duopoly to become the first player to win the Ballon d'Or other than the two stars since 2007.
After helping the Juventus win the Scudetto for the eighth succesive time, Benatia made a case on why the Portugal international stands a better chance than his Argentine counterpart, as they both gun for their sixth honour.
“Ronaldo? He deserves to win the Ballon d'Or according to me,” Benatia said, per Calciomercato.
“We first have to wait and see who wins the UCL. Messi? He had an incredible season. He would deserve it too but with Liverpool beating Barcelona, I think this reduced his chances.”
Benatia has established himself in Qatar since his move to Al Duhail in January, making 13 appearances in all competitions with two goals to his credit
The Atlas Lions have been paired against Namibia, South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire in Group D.