Once again brilliant with Real this week in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Chelsea (3-1), Karim Benzema has not always been unanimous in Madrid…
For several months, Karim Benzema has been shining brightly in the Merengue jersey. With his compatriot Kylian Mbappé, the former Lyonnais is even one of the best players in the world today, ahead of Messi or Neymar. It must be said that since mid-February, KB9 has been walking squarely on water. Decisive in his last seven outings with Real, the 34-year-old made an impression again in the Champions League on Wednesday. Four weeks after returning PSG with an incredible hat-trick at the Santiago Bernabeu, Benzema has brought the powder back to the side of reigning European champions Chelsea. Indeed, with three new goals scored on the lawn of Stamford Bridge in the quarter-final first leg of the C1, the French star marked a little more history by becoming, for example, the first tricolor to plant 11 goals in Champions on a single season. But beyond that, it is the great history of Real that Benzema is writing.
— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) April 6, 2022
In 2017, Benzema was criticized
However, nothing was won, since in 2017, after signing a new contract with Madrid, KB9 was shunned by many Real supporters. Taken out by François David, a French journalist living in Spain, the tweet of this extension made the buzz the day after Benzema’s new XXL performance with Real. Considering that below the announcement of the White House, the critics fused at the time: “Fire me this loser, we want Morata”, “Benzema is boosted by the coach”, “We want a real 9 who knows how to score”… Archives that make everyone smile today, since Benzema still managed the feat of making Cristiano Ronaldo forget.
Hahaha the hateful comments of the time
“Fire me this loser, we want Morata”
“Benzema is boosted by the coach”
“We want a real 9 who knows how to score”
— Francois David (@bcnFD) April 7, 2022
KB9, a Real Madrid legend
Arrived from Lyon against a check for 35 million euros in July 2009, Benzema has built a great career in one of the biggest clubs in the world. With 316 goals scored in 595 games, KB9 is not far from overtaking Raul (323) in the ranking of the top scorers in the history of Real, which would be a very big performance for a player who was still criticized by the supporters five years ago… But as with some followers of the France team, Benzema managed to turn everyone around thanks to his performances on the pitch. To the delight of Real and the French!