Courted by Saudi Arabia, which offers him a huge contract of 200 million euros, Karim Benzema is leaving Real Madrid, as the Madrid club announced this Sunday.
It’s a legend of real Madrid who is leaving! Thursday evening, Karim Benzema had denied a departure for Saudi Arabia, when he was offered a 2-year contract at 200 million euros (to move to Al-Ittihad). Real Madrid finally announced the departure of the 35-year-old striker on Sunday noon, in a press release, a few hours before the last game of the Merengues season, at 6:30 p.m. against Bilbao, at the Bernabéu.
“KB9” turns the page in Madrid at the end of a fantastic adventure that began in 2009. His 14 seasons have allowed him to win La Liga four times and the Champions League five times. With 353 goals scored, he is the second top scorer in the history of the Casa Blanca, behind Cristiano Ronaldo but ahead of Raul and Alfredo di Stéfano. After the departure of “CR7” in 2018, the Lyonnais became one of the best players in the world, winning the Ballon d’Or last October.
Official communication: Benzema.#Real Madrid.
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Al Ittihad in Madrid
” Karim Benzema’s career at Real Madrid has been an example of behavior and professionalism, and has represented the values of our club. Karim Benzema has earned the right to decide his future. The Madridistas and all the fans around the world enjoyed his magical and unique football, which made him one of the great myths of our club and one of the great legends of world football. “, can we read in the press release.
After this last meeting in front of the Real Madrid public this Sunday evening, Benzema will say a final farewell to the team’s training center, alongside president Florentino Pérez, next Tuesday. In the meantime, he may have the opportunity to give his consent to the leaders of Al-Ittihad, who have arrived in the Spanish capital to secure the signing of Benzema. This club has just been crowned champion of Saudi Arabia ahead of Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr…