Karim Benzema is leaving Real Madrid after 14 years, the football club announced on Sunday!
Karim Benzema, the Ballon d’Or winner, is set to move to the Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.
Karim leaves as the most decorated player in the history of the club.
Real Madrid’s statement said that he has “earned that to make the decision he prefers over his future”.
As reported, Karim Benzema has signed for Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad.
The Frenchman has agreed a deal of more than €100M per season. While some other big names are expected to be in the Saudi League by the end of the transfer window.
An institutional act of tribute and farewell to Benzema will take place in Ciudad Real Madrid on June 6, the football club said.
“Real Madrid C. F. and our captain Karim Benzema have agreed to end their brilliant and unforgettable stage as a player of our club,” Real Madrid said in an official statement.
“Real Madrid wants to show its gratitude and all its affection to the one who is already one of our greatest legends.
“Karim Benzema came to our club in 2009, when he was only 21 years old, and has been a fundamental player in this golden age of our history. During the fourteen seasons in which he has defended our shield and our shirt, he has won 25 titles, a record figure at Real Madrid: 5 European Cups, 5 Club World Cups, 4 European Super Cups, 4 Leagues, 3 King’s Cups and 4 Spanish Super Cups.”
“Karim Benzema is the fifth player who has worn our shirt the most times with 647 games and is the second historical scorer of Real Madrid with 353 goals. He is also Real Madrid’s second historical scorer in both the League and the European Cup. And he is also the fourth scorer of the Champions League in the history of this competition and the fourth scorer in the history of the League,” the statement added.
“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 Spanish club added.
“Real Madrid fans and all the fans of the world have enjoyed his magical and unique football, which has made him one of the great myths of our club and one of the great legends of world football.
“Real Madrid is and will always be his home, and he wishes him and his whole family the best in this new stage of his life.”
Following the development, here is how Benzema’s fans are reacting to the news:
— Hashim Zafar (@hashimzafar_) June 4, 2023
— Bill Nye The Russian Spy (@my_name_bill) June 4, 2023
Farewell #Benzema 💫
I have already said this before, he is one of the two players I liked from rival club. There is always more to his game than G/A. Always loved his off ball movement. One of the major reasons for Ronaldos stellar Real Madrid career. pic.twitter.com/X7xJRhAOqk
— NiGhT_FuRy🦅 (@GaneshMrshl) June 4, 2023