It is not yet certain whether he will play in Saudi Arabia next year, but one thing is certain: next year he will no longer play for Real Madrid. The club from Madrid and Karim Benzema said goodbye, now it’s official. The management of the blancos communicates it in a note: «Real Madrid and our captain Karim Benzema have agreed to end his brilliant and unforgettable phase as a player for our club. Real Madrid wants to show its gratitude and affection for who is already one of our greatest legends.”
«Karim Benzema – writes the Madrid club again – arrived at Real Madrid in 2009, at only 21 years old, and was a fundamental player for the Merengues. In fourteen seasons he defended the symbol of the Blancos, won 25 titles, a record for Real Madrid: 5 European Cups, 5 Club World Cups, 4 European Super Cups, 4 Championships, 3 Copas del Rey and 4 Spanish Super Cups. Karim Benzema is the current winner of the Ballon d’Or and UEFA Player of the Year. Received accolades after one of the most extraordinary seasons in our history, especially in the Champions League, where our captain starred in memorable games that helped Real Madrid win the 14th European Cup in Paris and become the top scorer of that competition with 15 goals. Karim Benzema is the fifth most capped player for Real Madrid with 647 games played and is Madrid’s second all-time goalscorer with 353 goals. He is also Real Madrid’s second all-time goalscorer in both the league and the European Cup. And he is also the fourth goalscorer in the Champions League in the history of this competition and the fourth goalscorer in the history of the competition. Karim Benzema’s career at Real Madrid was an example of behavior and professionalism and represented the values of our club. Karim Benzema has earned the right to decide his future. The supporters of Madrid and all the fans around the world appreciated his magical and unique football, making him one of the great legends of our club and one of the great legends of world football.”
Real Madrid is and will remain his home and wishes him and his entire family well in this new phase of his life. This Tuesday, June 6 at noon, an institutional act of tribute and farewell to Karim Benzemawith the presence of our President Florentino Pérez».
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