Karim Benzema, the star of the French national team and Real Madrid, has been officially confirmed to leave the “Blancos”, 14 years after he had joined the Spanish heavyweights from French Ligue 1 side Olympic Lyon. He is likely to try his trade in the Arabian frontier, most probably in the Saudi Pro League side Al- Ittihad.
Benzema to leave Spanish giants
Karim Benzema has been one of the top strikers of his generation and has made his mark in the Spanish league since the day he joined Real Madrid.
Competing with the likes of greats like Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo, he was one of the most sought-after strikers in the league, even winning the highest individual award Balon D’Or with the club.
He was often the leader of the Pichichi race, a trophy that is given to the players of the league who have topped the charts for the highest number of goals scored in a season.
A part of the famous troika “B-B-C,” which boasted of football greats Cristiano Ronaldo, Welsh striker Gareth Bale and Benzema, he went on to win several accolades which included La Liga and Champions League glories over the years.
Leaving behind a legacy
Benzema has had astonishing records in the La Liga and in the elite competitions of Europe. As a result, his departure will be a huge void, and it would be very difficult for anyone new to fill his shoes. The legacy he is leaving behind is unmatched, and it would take ages for someone to match that level.
New season, new destination
As it stands in the present scenario, Benzema will be joining the Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad, and his imminent move to the new continent has gathered pace in the past few days. Spanish news daily Diario AS has reported that the Saudi side has grown increasingly confident about signing the 35-year-old from the Spanish giants.
Reportedly, Benzema has also spoken to his former teammate and legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who is plying his trade at another Saudi heavyweight, Al-Nassr, and discussed this potential move to the Asian country, where football seems to have taken an uplift after Ronaldo’s move and Spanish champions Busquets and Alba’s imminent transfer in the next season.
Real Madrid was not expecting this decision from their top striker this season, but as his departure will create a vacancy, club president Florentino Perez will be forced to look for a potential replacement at the number “9” position, with several names, including Argentine World Cup winner Lautaro Martinez coming up to the fore.