- Karim Benzema is set to leave Real Madrid having played his last match for the club on Sunday
- Benzema scored on his farewell match in a 1-1 La Liga final-day draw against Athletic Bilbao
- Benzema joined Real Madrid in 2009 and has played for the club for a record 14 years
Real Madrid highly decorated player, Karim Benzema, is set to depart the club after an impressive 14-year tenure. The 35-year-old French striker, who stands as Real Madrid’s second all-time leading scorer with 353 goals in 647 appearances, has secured an impressive tally of 25 trophies during his time with the Spanish giants, making him one of the most successful players in the club’s history alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid officially announced the decision, stating, “Real Madrid and our captain Karim Benzema have mutually agreed to conclude his brilliant and unforgettable era as a player for our club.” The statement also expressed the club’s deep gratitude and fondness for Benzema, highlighting his exemplary conduct, professionalism, and embodiment of the club’s values throughout his career. Real Madrid recognizes Benzema as one of their greatest legends and acknowledges his right to determine his future.
The departure of Karim Benzema marks the end of an era at Real Madrid. His magical and unique style of play has enchanted Madridistas and football fans worldwide, elevating him to the status of an iconic figure and a legendary player in world football. Real Madrid emphasizes that the club will always be Benzema’s home, extending their best wishes to him and his family as he embarks on a new chapter in his life.
Benzema joined Real Madrid in July 2009, making an impactful transfer from Lyon for a reported fee of 35 million euros. Since then, he has etched his name in the history books of the club, ranking fifth in terms of appearances. His remarkable trophy cabinet boasts an impressive collection, including five Champions League titles, five Club World Cups, four European Super Cups, four La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey triumphs, and four Spanish Super Cups.
While Benzema’s future destination remains uncertain, there have been speculations linking him to a move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad. Real Madrid has scheduled a ceremonial event to pay tribute to Benzema and bid him farewell. The event, which will be held in the presence of club president Florentino Perez, is expected to be an emotional occasion to honour the departing legend.
As Real Madrid prepares to move forward without Benzema, they will undoubtedly face the challenge of filling the void left by his departure. His immense contributions to the team’s success and his legendary status will be remembered by the fans and serve as a reminder of his remarkable legacy at the club.