Karim Benzema is a French international footballer who plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid in La Liga. Benzema has been described as a talented striker known for his technical ability, powerful style of play, and excellent scoring ability. He is a world-class player of unquestionable quality, an attacking midfielder with a keen eye for the most established center-forwards, taking over the Real Madrid front after Cristiano Ronaldo left, and now, thanks to the Algerian-born Frenchman, Merengue's goal-scoring ability has continued.
KARIM BENZEMA'S SOCCER JERSEY NUMBER 9
Karim Benzema's soccer jersey number is 9. Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Odriozola described Karim Benzema as the greatest number nine on the planet. With the nine on his back, Benzema has scored 193 goals in 397 games, more than anyone else since 2000. Besides that, Real Madrid’s No.9 shirt has a proud history, having been worn by some of the club’s greatest ever goalscorers.
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CLUB CAREER FROM LYON TO REAL MADRID
Before joining Real Madrid in 2009, Benzema spent five seasons with Lyon. He has scored a total of 111 goals across all competitions over the last five seasons with Madrid. He has won five league titles over the course of his career and the 2013-14 Champions League.
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FRENCH NATIONAL TEAM
Karim Benzema made his international debut in 2007 as a French national team player and has registered over 65 caps since. He scored goals against Ukraine and Finland during this cycle of World Cup qualifying.
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AWARDS AND HONORS OF KARIM BENZEMA
As one of the veteran’s in Real Madrid’s squad, the Frenchman has been able to attract a lot of attention by helping his team win prestigious trophies, or by winning individual honors himself. When we talk about the Karim Benzema awards, or the trophies that other Real Madrid players have won in this decade, the Champions League trophy is certainly one of the honors that comes to mind. Since joining the Spanish giants in 2009, Benzema has helped his team to win 4 Champions League titles, three of which came consecutively with Zidane’s arrival as the new manager.
Of course, the UEFA Champions League’s famous big-eared cup is not the only trophy on Karim Benzema’s awards list, as he has also won three La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, three Spanish Super Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, and four FIFA Club World Cups while winning a plethora of titles with Olympique Lyon, including four Ligue 1 titles and many other domestic cups and Super Cups as well. Not only has he won such prestigious trophies, but he was also named the best footballer of the year in France on three occasions.
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TRANSFERMARKET OF KARIM BENZEMA
Although a fragile and constantly changing figure, a player’s transfer market value is one of the criteria upon which many bases their judgments about one’s performance. That is why we have chosen some of the eras during which value was at its lowest and highest, as well as where it stands now. When the French striker first started his career with the Ligue 1 side Lyon in 2005, the young talent’s market value as a player in Europe’s top flight was less than a million Euros, which might be considered as close to nothing for some clubs.
As he went on to prove himself to his team and the world and rose up the ranks at his club, Karim Benzema's transfer market value rose higher and higher as well, and after four years in Ligue 1, Real Madrid came knocking on the French club’s door in order to sign their newfound talent. Ultimately, a €29 million-rated Benzema joined the Madrid side for a fee of €35 million in 2009, which jumpstarted perhaps a golden age for Los Blancos as they went on to conquer Europe in the 2010s.
his outstanding performances and goal-scoring feats earned him numerous accolades, as Benzema's transfer market value soared, rising to an all-time high of €60 million in 2017 when he was a 27-year-old striker at the beginning of his peak.
FAMILY AND CHILDREN OF KARIM BENZEMA
One of the more interesting facts about Karim Benzema is how crowded his family actually is. Benz was born in Lyon, France, to quite a crowded family. He has eight siblings in total, with three brothers and five sisters, whose names are as follows: Gressy, Nafissa, Sabri, Lydia, Farid, Laeticia, Sofia, and Celia Benzema. Of course, we have not forgotten about telling you about their parents either. Karim Benzema's family is such a big one thanks to Wahida Djebbara and Hafid Benzema, their parents.
Based on Karim’s posts on social media apps such as Instagram, the football superstar seems to have a close relationship with his loving mother, as he posted a heartwarming photo of himself embracing his mother during her birthday party. You might also like to know that not only is Karim Benzema a part of such a big family, he himself is a parent as well. Of course, he does not have as many children as his parents, but he certainly feels proud to be a father of two.