Karim is leaving. The Real Madrid legend is gone. commented by the Spanish sports newspaper ace. Sunday 4 June “After a week of great uncertainty”, The most successful club in the world has announced that captain Karim Benzema will play his last match in a Madrid jersey against Athletic Bilbao before leaving the Spanish capital. El Pais.

After 14 seasons at the club, the departure of the merengue striker provokes “great push” on the other side of the Pyrenees, the universal newspaper notes. The earthquake is felt even in Catalonia, where Mundo Deportivo pays tribute “one of the best nines of the 21st century.”

Benzema will leave Real Madrid as the most successful player in the organization’s history (25 trophies), setting a record [du latéral brésilien] Marcello, continues the sports paper close to rivals FC Barcelona. He also leaves as the second top scorer [de l’histoire du club] (353), second only to [le Portugais] Cristiano Ronaldo (450) […] and became the fifth player to wear the white tunic the most times.”

His speech during “memorable” The 2021/22 season saw him win the Ballon d’Or, the peak of his career, last October.

Hired by Real Madrid in 2009 from his training club Olympique Lyon, Benzema had high expectations at the time. “very high” footprints in spain El Confidential. His first Madrid seasons looked like “roller coaster” the player failed to achieve unanimity.

“Phoenix” Benzema

The same media “harassment case” in which he was convicted in 2021 for complicity in an attempted blackmail with his former teammate in the French national team Mathieu Valbuena did not help either.

“However, if there is one thing that Benzema is and will exemplify, it is consistency and perseverance in football.” evaluates the Madrid news site. Such “Phoenix”, Frenchman managed to achieve, depending on the time of year and with the support of his president Florentino Pérez, that “It seemed almost impossible” : become “one of the greatest merengues in club history”.

henceforth, “Everything points to his destination being Saudi Arabia” and the Al-Ittihad club, where an astronomical salary awaits him, is advancing El Pais. And for Real Madrid “A New Era Begins” concludes Mundo Deportivo.