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After 5 years of absence, he is back in the France team. Here is the story of Karim Benzema.

A life: Karim Benzema

After 5 years of absence, he is back in the France team. Here is the story of Karim Benzema.

An outstanding striker from an early age

Karim Benzema was born in 1987 in Lyon, in a family of Algerian origin. It was at the Bron club, in the Lyon suburbs, that he touched his first balloons. At 9, he was spotted by Olympique Lyonnais. With Hatem Ben Arfa and Samir Nasri, Karim Benzema is part of the famous 87 generation. At 20, while he is already leader of the Lyon attack and top scorer in the championship, he still lives with his parents: “Family is my strength”, He confided in 2008.

A meteoric rise

In 2005 and at only 17 years old, Karim Benzema joined OL’s A team. A month later, a few months after the 2006 World Cup, he joined the France team, after refusing to join the Algerian national team. In 2008, he was voted best player in Ligue 1 after winning the championship and the Coupe de France. The following year, after 4 seasons at OL, he transferred to Real de Madrid, for 35 million euros. In 2012, he was one of the executives of a French team undergoing reconstruction. At Real Madrid, he won the Champions League for the first time in 2014. He keeps 3 more in a row under the orders of Zinédine Zidane. Karim Benzema is the top French scorer in the history of Real Madrid, La Liga and the Champions League.

A controversial player

Between 2012 and 2013, Karim Benzema did not score for 16 months with the France team. In 2015, a case damaged his image: the Mathieu Valbuena sextape affair. For this case, Karim Benzema will appear in October 2021 before the Versailles Criminal Court for “complicity in attempted blackmail”. Since 2015, Didier Deschamps no longer selects him for the Blues. But on May 18, 2021, Karim Benzema is among the players selected for the Euro.

05/18/2021 6:55 PM

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