In three months, Nicolas Benezet's career has taken an unexpected flight. What Ibrahimovic failed to do with Los Angeles, he managed: to play with Toronto the final of MLS against Seattle this Sunday (21 hours in France) even as the offensive midfielder had become undesirable to Guingamp last summer.
"I admit it's a little unexpected," he smiled. After the descent of Guingamp in Ligue 2, I expressed my desire to leave and I was put in the cellar. At first, I was in the locker room of the reserve then 18 years and finally 15 years. I was removed my number 10 to give me the 35 … "The proposals were rare. "I was hoping for a French club but I did not have anything," he regrets. My ego took a little bit of it. I had the choice between Toronto and a club in Israel. But coming to MLS was the best decision of my career. Here I love everything! I am a winner on all levels, humanly and financially. "
"I'm not good at retirement yet"
In Toronto, ex-midfielder Nimes, Evian TG and Caen became a hero with his goal in the Eastern Conference final against defending champion Atlanta (2-1) ten days ago. "I have no resentment towards Guingamp nor revenge to take but here at least I am considered. I showed that at 28, I am not yet good for retirement. "
Atypical footballer in the language often without filter, the Nîmes discovered a universe and a mentality to his measurement. "Canada is better than if I had signed in an American city," he says. I feel very good, there are many things to discover, people are open. And the approach of the matches suits me perfectly. In the locker room, there is music and it laughs. The day before the conference final, I went to see a basketball game in Atlanta. In France, it would have been impossible because it is green and world of silence. "
"Infrastructure is worthy of Real Madrid"
Very active on Twitter, he shared this moment, among many others, with his 30,000 followers. "I like sharing to stay close to people," he says. In France, I would have been tried and burned. Here, everything is different. In MLS, he found an equivalent level "to teams that play the maintenance in Ligue 1". "In Toronto, we're far behind the Raptors (Note: NBA championship basketball team title) but we still feel a great craze around us. In the American mentality, the playoffs are very important, it's a bit like a Champions League game. In MLS, everything is seen in a big way. The infrastructure is worthy of Real Madrid. No L1 club has all that. In France, the goal is not to take a goal. Here is to score one more than the opponent. It's the culture of the show. "
Benezet is playing with other Frenchmen like goalkeeper Quentin Westberg or Chris Mavinga, trained at PSG. "At our table, there are also Japanese, Brazilians, Belgians, it's cosmopolitan," says Benezet who had made the buzz in spite of himself during his presentation in English at the time of his arrival.
"I was bad, but it was going to 2000 and I still had the shift in the head, since I improved," laughs Benezet who will continue the adventure in Canada after the lifting of his option purchase. President of the company MC Protech, he planned to offer his teammates "personalized shin guards" as he had for the final final of the Coupe de la Ligue between Strasbourg and Guingamp. "It will give them a good memory. Being here can also allow me to have opportunities for my company. I have experienced big emotions like the rise of Nimes in L2, the maintenance of Evian TG on the last day, but this final will be a very strong moment. "