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Name Karim Benzema
Gender Male
Birthplace Lyon
Born 1987 12 19
Height 1.85 m
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc Karim Benzema appears to be flourishing at Real Madrid without Ronaldo. The Frenchman may have just turned 32 but he still knows where the back of the net is

Affiliation

Org France National Team
Club as Player Real Madrid
  Lyon FC
  Lyon B

2016 12 17 Retrieve

[Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema on head coach Zinedine Zidane] [Zidane] is like a brother to me. He is an example for me and I am very happy to be able to work with him

2019 03 02 Retrieve

[Karim Benzema talks about life at Real Madrid following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus] Before, there was a guy who scored more than 50 goals a season and I was in a role of provider. I played geared to Cristiano. We formed a good duo. I looked for him continually with the objective to help him score even more goals. Now, I am the leader of the attack. It is up to me to make the difference. I am very happy because I can play my true football

2019 08 02 Retrieve

[Karim Benzema said what happened last year is gone] We have many friendly matches and we are going to get better step by step

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Karim Benzema opens up on his part in his team’s deadly front line] You had a rocket [Gareth Bale] and a goal scorer [Christiano Ronaldo], and then there was me, the piece that made it all work. Here, the finisher was Cristiano. I played a different role. For me, he was the the best goalscorer even if he played on the left

[Benzema enjoyed plenty of memorable moments himself, despite Ronaldo dominating the headlines, with the deadlock opened in a 2018 Champions League final clash with Liverpool as he made Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius pay for a costly error] I needed that goal. It was one of the best feelings I’ve had since I was little

[Benzema also helped Real to European glory in 2017, with arch-rivals Atletico seen off at the semi-final stage thanks in part to one moment of magic from their French forward which saw him evade three defenders on the touchline and help to tee up an effort for Isco] That’s how I define football. If I’m a fan who goes to the stadium, I’m going to see that, because there are always goals, but things like that don’t happen every day. In a game like that, against a rival like Atletico, for me it’s worth more than a goal. It’s the best thing I’ve done in the Champions League

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[After finding himself a regular target for his own fans, Karim Benzema is now Real Madrid’s talisman in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era] The hardest part is when the criticism comes from your own fans. They are normally there to boost you. […] You had a rocket [Bale] and a goalscorer [Ronaldo], and then there was me, the piece that made it all work

[You had a rocket [Bale] and a goalscorer [Ronaldo], and then there was me, the piece that made it all work] I have already said it before, but Zidane is like a godfather to me

2019 09 29 Retrieve

[How Karim Benzema has gone from Mourinho’s cat to Real Madrid’s lion] ‘m not a cat anymore, now I’m a lion. You had a rocket (Gareth) and a goalscorer (Ronaldo), and then there was me, the piece that made it all work. Here, the finisher was Cristiano. I played a different role. I was involved more in the construction of moves and trying to open up spaces

[Benzema knew his role and coach Zinedine Zidane did too, backing the player at every turn, especially when questioned about his lack of goals] Zidane is like a godfather to me

2019 10 11 Retrieve

[Karim Benzema receives the Mahou Cinco Estrellas award] Receiving an award from the supporters is always different because it’s your fans and you play for them, so I feel very happy. I’m doing very well right now, like the whole team. Gradually we are going to reach a very high level where we are able to win all of our matches

[Benzema also looked ahead to Real Madrid’s upcoming fixtures, with three key away games to Real Mallorca, Galatasaray and Barcelona] We come into the next few games knowing that in football there are no easy matches. It’s a very important month for us because the Champions League is coming and we’re going to have three very difficult games, but we’re ready to play them

2019 11 05 Retrieve

[The teenage Benzema get a signed shirt off his idol, Ronaldo Nazario, who wasn’t used by Real Madrid boss Vanderlei Luxemburgo during the game. It was Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas who asked Florentino Perez for the shirt to give to his promising striker] It was an unforgettable night, I was happy. That night, before leaving the stadium, I was sure. I said to myself, one day I’ll play here

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Benzema attack Chelsea veteran Giroud]</b> You don’t confuse F1 with go karting. And I’m being kind. Next… and I know I’m F1

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Benzema hints he could retire at boyhood club] Coming back to Lyon? It is often said to me. People know how attached I am to Lyon. Coming back to Lyon immediately is not possible because I am in the best club in the world and I have a lot of things to do. But [I could] come back to Lyon and retire, why not? Anyway, I will come back to Lyon, whether as a footballer or not.

[At Lyon, Madrid and with France, Benzema has played alongside a host of great footballers - which means picking out the best few is no easy task] The best three I’ve played with? It’s hard. There have been so many.

In France, I enjoyed playing with Juninho [Pernambucano] and Sylvain Wiltord. But in Madrid, there were a lot of good players. Cristiano Ronaldo, [Sergio] Ramos …It’s hard to choose. But I had the chance to play with very great players

I am a Lyon lad, of course, and my brothers follow Ligue 1 closely. I like how Lyon approach big games, you know they have what it takes to beat anybody, but then sometime they come up against a weak team and lose. That annoys me more!

[Benzema also said he wasn’t surprised Lyon defeated Juventus 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League last 16, with the second leg not yet played after the competition was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic] The Juve win? I wasn’t surprised, really. It is very difficult to beat Lyon in the Champions League. Even more so in their own backyard