Real Madrid announced that Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema will leave the club as a free agent after 14 years. The French forward has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia. The club praised Benzema’s behavior and professionalism during his time at Real Madrid and stated that he has earned the right to decide his future. Benzema has won numerous trophies with the club, including four Champions League titles and three La Liga titles. He was also the team’s top scorer in the 2020-21 season with 30 goals in all competitions.
As detailed in Khaleej Times, Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema will be leaving Real Madrid as a free agent in the upcoming close season after 14 successful years with the club. The French forward has been a crucial part of Real Madrid’s success, helping them win multiple trophies throughout his career.
Benzema’s departure comes amidst rumors linking him to a move to Saudi Arabia. However, the club has stated that Benzema will have the right to decide on his future, saying, “Karim Benzema’s career at Real Madrid has been an example of behavior and professionalism, and has represented the values of our club.”
Benzema’s time at Real Madrid has been nothing short of extraordinary. He has scored a total of 279 goals in 559 appearances for the club, making him the fourth-highest scorer in Real Madrid’s history. His performances have also earned him a place in the club’s Hall of Fame.
Benzema’s departure will be a huge loss for Real Madrid, who will have to find a suitable replacement for the Frenchman. However, with the club’s financial situation still recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains to be seen whether they will be able to afford a high-profile replacement.
Meanwhile, the rumors linking Benzema to a move to Saudi Arabia continue to persist. If the move does materialize, it will be a huge coup for Saudi Arabian football, who have been working hard to attract top talent to their league. Benzema’s presence in the league will undoubtedly raise its profile and attract more international attention.
Benzema’s departure from Real Madrid marks the end of an era for the club. However, his legacy will live on, and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest players to have ever played for Real Madrid. As for his future, only time will tell where he will end up next, but wherever he goes, he will undoubtedly continue to be a force to be reckoned with.