after 14 years at the club, Karim Benzema officially leaves Real Madrid

Real Madrid announced in a press release on Sunday the departure of the French striker at the end of the season.

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Karim Benzema during the Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea, April 12, 2023. (JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

Karim Benzema’s future will be written away from Real Madrid. With his contract expiring on 30 June, the French forward will not extend his adventure in the Spanish capital, as the club announced in a statement on Sunday 4 June, after several days of drama. After 14 years of good and faithful service under the merengue tunic, the ambitious Lyonnais who has taken over the place will leave Madrid at the end of the season.

“Real Madrid and their captain have mutually agreed to put an end to the brilliant and unforgettable time he spent with our club”announces Real Madrid“who wishes to show his gratitude and affection to the one who is already one of [ses] great legends”. Indeed, if his history with the French team has been mixed, in Madrid, Karim Benzema can boast of having written one of the most beautiful chapters of the most successful club in the Champions League.

The son of Lyons who became king in Madrid

For years a privileged soldier of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema has turned into a providential leader after the farewell of the Portuguese. Author of A exceptional 2021-2022 season with Real Madrid, punctuated by a crowning in the Champions League and a Spanish scudetto, the White House striker definitively entered among the greatest players in history, on October 17, 2022, winning his first Ballon d’Or.

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On May 7, the Frenchman lifted his 25th trophy with Real Madrid by winning a third Copa del Rey at the expense of Osasuna (2-1), which added to five Champions Leagues, four Spanish league titles, four Spanish Super Cups, four UEFA Super Cups. and five Club World Cups. The French striker equaled the Brazilian Marcelo in the ranking of the most successful players in the club’s history, finally writing the last lines of his Real Madrid legend.

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