Karim Benzema says goodbye to Real Madrid with a goal in the last game.
Karim Benzema’s future at Real Madrid has been in doubt throughout the season. Several teams have expressed interest in signing the Frenchman, whose current deal expires in June 2023.
Despite Ancelotti’s efforts to persuade the 35-year-old to stay for another season, he chose not to renew his contract.
There have been various rumors concerning his future club. However, he has recently been linked with a transfer to Saudi, following in the footsteps of his former teammate Ronaldo. Ronaldo joined for Al Nassr in December 2022.
The former Lyon player allegedly discussed an offer from Saudi Arabia with Florentino Perez on Wednesday. In a statement made on their social media on Sunday, Real Madrid officially acknowledged the departure of one of their most significant players in their history.
The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner has 353 goals in 647 competitive matches for Real Madrid. He will be remembered as a Real Madrid great.
“Real Madrid C. F. and our captain Karim Benzema have agreed to end his brilliant and unforgettable career with our club.”
“Real Madrid wishes to express its gratitude and affection to the man who has already become one of our greatest legends,” says the statement.
“Karim Benzema joined our club in 2009, at the age of 21, and has been a key figure in our golden era.”
During his fourteen seasons defending our crest and colors, he has won 25 trophies, a record for Real Madrid: five Champions Leagues, five Club World Cups, four European Super Cups, four La Ligas, three Copa del Reys, and four Spanish Super Cups.
Karim Benzema: The winner of 2022 Ballon D’or
“Benzema is the current UEFA Ballon d’Or winner and UEFA Player of the Year.”
In addition to being named to the FIFA FIFPRO XI and winning the Pichichi Trophy 2022.”
Awards won during one of the most amazing seasons in our history, particularly in the Champions League, in which our captain performed historic matches that led to Real Madrid winning the 14th European Cup in Paris, with 15 goals.
“With 647 appearances, Benzema is the fifth player to have worn our shirt the most times. He is Real Madrid’s second all-time top scorer with 353 goals.”
Benzema is also Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer in La Liga and the European Cup. He is also the fourth highest scorer in Champions League history and the fourth highest scorer in La Liga history.
“Karim Benzema’s Real Madrid career has been an example of behavior and professionalism. He has represented our club’s values.”
Karim Benzema has earned the right to make his own decisions about his future. The madridistas and all football fans around the world have loved his wonderful and distinctive football, which has made him one of our club’s and international football’s great legends.
“Real Madrid is and will always be his home.”
“We wish him and his family the best of luck in this new chapter of his life.”
The announcement continues, “On Tuesday, June 6th, at 12:00 noon, an institutional act of homage and farewell to Karim Benzema will take place at Ciudad Real Madrid, with the presence of our president Florentino Perez.”