Wave of departures and changes in the team Charles Ancelotti. To the announcements this weekend announcing the departure of Marco Asensio, Mariano and Hazard, the goodbye of one of its greatest exponents and current legends is added: Karim Benzema.
The French striker, current Ballon d’Or winner, will no longer be at Real Madrid after fourteen seasons in which he became the footballer with the most titles in the club’s history.
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At 35, everything seems to indicate that he will begin a new stage of his career in Saudi Arabia, where Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nassr) has been since last year and where Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi are likely to leave as well. In fact, these last two could coincide again in the same team, in Al-Hilal, after leaving PSG at the same time. In Al Ittihad, for their part, they already take the signing of Benzema for granted and it is even said in the sports media that he would have already accepted the succulent offer that they have put on the table: 200 million euros for 2 seasons.
Benzema is leaving Real Madrid, considered one of its great legends, a benchmark in a generation in the history of football that has won five Champions Leagues. He is the player with the most titles along with the Brazilian Marcelo, with 25; the fifth that played the most games, with 647; and second highest scorer in the history of the white club with 353 goals, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo (450).
“Real Madrid CF and our captain Karim Benzema have agreed to put an end to his brilliant and unforgettable stage as a player for our club. Real Madrid wants to show its gratitude and all its affection for who is already one of our greatest legends”, it reads. club statement.
They also add: “Karim Benzema’s career at Real Madrid has been an example of behavior and professionalism, and has represented the values of our club. Karim Benzema has earned the right to decide his future. The madridistas and all the fans of We have enjoyed his magical and unique football all over the world, which has made him one of the great myths of our club and one of the great legends of world football”.
The player, who will play his last match this Sunday against Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabéu, will also have a merengue send-off at his height next Tuesday, June 6, at 12:00, at Real Madrid City.
Personally, the soccer star maintains a relationship with the French model Jordan Ozuna, with whom in April of this year he had his first child together. Benzema has three more children: Melia, who came into the world in February 2014 as a result of his courtship with the French nurse Chloé de Launay. After breaking up, they gave themselves a second chance some time later and had their second girl, Nouri (4). In between, the striker was with the Hawaiian model Cora Gauthier, a relationship from which he was born Ibrahim (6).