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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

2014 03 22 Retrieve

[Karim Benzema on Cristiano Ronaldo] He made me dream and he still makes me dream. He is the best player of all time

2015 03 13 Retrieve

[Karim Benzema on Ballon d’Or] Winning the Ballon d’Or remains one of my targets. I am not going to lie about it. The Ballon d’Or is always in the back of my mind. What I would need to do to win it? Win a lot of titles and score 80 goals or so in one year!

2016 02 20 Retrieve

[Karim Benzema on trying to replicate O Fenômeno’s skills] When I was younger, the way the Brazilian Ronaldo played had an influence on me. For me he’s the best striker and the best player of all time. I watch videos of him, and try to do what he does, but it’s not easy. It’s impossible to pull off the same moves as he did

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 03 31 Retrieve

[Olivier Giroud mocked by Karim Benzema in astonishing jibe] You shouldn’t confuse F1 and go karting and that’s me being kind. On to the next topic. I’m not talking about him [Giroud] anymore. I just know that I’m F1. He has his career, he does what he wants and scores the goals that he wants to score. He’s in his corner and I’m in mine; I’m not thinking about him. If we’re talking about playing style, his suits France well. It’s good because there are fast players like (Kylian) Mbappe and (Antoine) Griezmann who play out wide or feed off the centre-forward. When Giroud is up front, he’s a handful for defences, which gives the other two plenty of space to show what they can do.

He occupies defenders and it works. It might not be brilliant to watch and you won’t say, ‘Wow, that was incredible.’ Does everyone like that style of play? I don’t know, but it suits France well

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Benzema attack Chelsea veteran Giroud] 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

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[Karim Benzema is convinced Real Madrid will hit the ground running when they resume their La Liga campaign, highlighting Zinedine Zidane’s emphasis on enjoyment following the coronavirus-enforced hiatus] Zidane’s message is enjoyment. Enjoy playing football. We have had more contact with the ball than last week. We did more fitness last week and now, as we are closer to the restart of La Liga, we have been using the ball more. The adaptation has been very good, step by step. It is much better here with our team-mates and with the ball, because it is more difficult to do so at home. It is more about the gym and fitness. Two months without a ball makes things tougher when you are back, but we are fine now, and we will keep working together with the ball. For instance, we have played a game today [Tuesday] and it’s been very good for everyone. We can’t wait to restart the competition and it’s very important to win games. The first game against Eibar at home will be very important. So, we will give our best until the end

[We can’t wait to restart the competition and it’s very important to win games. The first game against Eibar at home will be very important. So, we will give our best until the end] It will be different, for sure. We always need our supporters. However, we will have our fans here and hopefully all of them will be in front of a TV supporting us, that’s all. We know we have to win the games because they are very important for us and for the club and we will be at our best

2020 06 04 Retrieve

[Karim Benzema is convinced Real Madrid will hit the ground running when] Zidane’s message is enjoyment. Enjoy playing football. We have had more contact with the ball than last week. We did more fitness last week and now, as we are closer to the restart of La Liga, we have been using the ball more. The adaptation has been very good, step by step. It is much better here with our team-mates and with the ball, because it is more difficult to do so at home. It is more about the gym and fitness

2020 06 18 Retrieve

[Karim Benzema has surpassed Ferenc Puskas in Real Madrid’s all-time scoring charts after scoring twice in a 3-0 victory over Valencia] First of all, thank you, it’s really so emotional coming on to the pitch and scoring such a quick goal. I’m really happy and want to thank all those that have helped me in this process. The team, the medical staff, those who have supported me from afar who have helped me. This is for all of them

2020 06 19 Retrieve

[Benzema never imagined latest Real Madrid feat] I didn’t imagine anything like this, I’m very happy. I’ve been working for a long time now and I always put it in to keep improving. I hope I can keep going. I’m very happy to be playing for this club

[The 32-year-old said everything moved so quickly as he scored to make it 3-0, before Lee Kang-in was later sent off for Valencia] It wasn’t an easy game due to the opposition who made it hard, but we won and didn’t concede. It’s very important because Valencia are a very good team. For the second goal everything happened so fast. It was a cross from Marco, I control it, I shot with the left foot and it went in. It looks easy, but you have to do it so fast.

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Benzema’s backheel brilliance moves Real Madrid one game closer to La Liga glory] For me it was just football. I knew that Casemiro was behind me, but for me that was just normal football

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Benzema’s backheel assist is one of the plays of this season] I see football like that! I knew Casemiro was coming from behind