Footballer Real Madrid Karim Benzema.
Madrid – After fourteen years, captain Karim Benzema will leave Real Madrid, with whom he won 25 trophies. The Spanish club confirmed the departure of the 35-year-old French footballer and Ballon d'Or winner shortly before the last match of the league season, in which Real will welcome Bilbao in the early evening. According to the media, he could be heading to Saudi Arabia, where his former star teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is based.
Benzema came to the Madrid club in 2009 and became its legend. He helped Real to four Spanish titles, three cups, four Super Cups, five Champions League triumphs, four UEFA Super Cups and also won the Club World Cup five times with him. He will not continue when his contract expires, most likely he was lured by a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabian club al-Ittihad.
“Real and our captain have agreed to end his amazing and unforgettable period at our club,” he wrote to the club on its website. . Benzema scored 353 goals in his shirt, only Ronaldo was better (450). He played 647 games.
But Benzema's last season was marred by injuries, due to which he also lost the world championship at the end of the year in Qatar. Real will hold a farewell party for him on Tuesday.