Nasser al-Khelaïfi is the head of Qatari broadcaster beIN Media Group and a member of the World Cup host nation's government.
Mauricio Pochettino has a year left on his contract and led the Qatari-backed side to the Ligue 1 title last term but they were knocked out of the Champions League knock-out stages.
"There's no doubt, it's very clear that Benzema had a spectacular year," Messi said in an interview to Argentine TV channel TyC Sports when asked if Benzema should get the prestigious award.
The France forward has agreed to a three-year contract extension that is close to being signed, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
He’s no longer the prolific speedy winger of his Barcelona glory days. The Argentina star has lost a bit of pace but compensates with his vision and technique to still have an impact on the game.
Messi has contributed just three Ligue 1 goals and will play no part against Angers because of an inflamed Achilles tendon.
Despite all the speculation that he will join Real Madrid as a free agent, the France superstar has insisted that his mind is not yet made up between moving to the Spanish capital and remaining in Par
Messi, who joined Paris Saint-Germain last summer, has been struggling throughout his first season in the French league.
The stalemate between the two bitter rivals reduced PSG's lead over Lens at the top of the French league to seven points after 11 rounds.
Gaetan Laborde put Rennes ahead on the stroke of halftime after PSG star Lionel Messi had hit the crossbar with a free kick in the 31st minute.
Buffon, who played a record 176 times for Italy, has an option to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes for a further season.
UEFA announced in June that the probe opened last September had closed and while PSG escaped sanctions, the club remained under scrutiny.
The 29-year-old midfielder Javier Pastore signed a five-year contract with AS Roma that runs until June 30, 2023.
Tuchel was unveiled to the media at the Parc des Princes on Sunday evening, after his appointment on a two-year deal was confirmed last week.
The world's most expensive player might not feature for his club again this season, with the doctor who will operate on his fractured foot in Brazil saying he could be out for three months.