Karim Benzema

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Who is Karim Benzema?

Karim Mostafa Benzema, better known as Karim Benzema, is a professional footballer from France. Benzema is a striker for Real Madrid in Spain and for the France national team. He began his professional football career with the French club Lyon, where he rose through the ranks of the club’s youth program. He quickly established himself as one of the game’s most prolific goal scorers. Real Madrid, the Spanish behemoth, eventually signed him in 2009. He represented France’s national team at several age levels on the international stage. Benzema, on the other hand, has been denied a position in the national team for nearly 6 years due to his role in the well-publicized blackmail affair in 2015. He was ultimately called up to the national squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying round.

Karim Benzema was born on December 19, 1987, in Paris, France. Karim Mostafa Benzema is his birth name. Lyon, France, is where he was born. He is a French national. Hafid Benzema and Wahida Djebbara were his parents when he was born. In the 1950s, his grandfather, Da Lakehal Benzema, moved from Algeria to France. His faith is Muslim. Farid, Sabri, and Gressy are his three brothers, and Laeticia, Lydia, Sofia, Celia, and Nafissa are his five sisters. He began practicing football at the local club Bron Terraillon SC when he was eight years old. Lyon was impressed by his performance. In 1996, Benzema joined the Lyons academy.

Benzema is widely regarded as one of the best attackers of his time, capable of both finishing and playmaking. Despite being naturally right-footed, he is a creative, skillful, quick, agile, and prolific forward who is good in the air and capable of playing off the shoulders of the last defender. He has been described as an “immensely talented striker” who is “strong and powerful” and “a potent finisher from inside the box” with either foot and his head. He is regarded as one of the top attackers of his generation, with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti referring to him as “the best striker in the world” in 2021.

Karim Benzema is a husband and father. Cora Gauthier is the wife of the French international. Since 2016, the couple has been together. Ibrahim and Melia, the couple’s two children, reside with them. Karim Benzema has previously been associated with Manon Marsault, Analicia Chaves, and singer Rihanna. Mélia, his daughter, was born on February 3, 2014. Ibrahim, his son, was born on May 5, 2017. Benzema is a devout Muslim who fasts during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. He has expressed his faith, saying: “Every day, my faith helps me stay focused. It provides me with benefits and is my strength for myself, my family, my work, and literally everything else.”

Karim Benzema makes a living as a professional football player. Contracts, salaries, and endorsements are how he makes money. As an ST for Real Madrid, Karim Benzema makes £275,000 per week or £14,300,000 per year. Karim Benzema has an estimated net worth of £120,744,000. His current deal runs out on June 30, 2022.

Karim Benzema is 1.85 meters tall, or 6 feet and 1 inch tall. He is 81 kilograms in weight. Benzema traveled to Italy in 2011 ahead of the 2011-12 season to undertake weight-loss treatment at a high-performance clinic. He lost 8 kg from his entire weight. He has a well-balanced body and keeps himself in excellent shape. His hair is dark brown, and his eyes are light brown. He has a straight sexual orientation. He has 54.1 million followers on Instagram and 15.9 million followers on Twitter.

The Career of Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema Real Madrid

Player: Karim Benzema Real Madrid (source: Goal.com)

At the age of eight, Benzema began his football career with Bron Terraillon SC, his hometown club. Friends called him Coco when he was at the club, and after scoring two goals in an under-10 match against the Lyon youth academy, he began to catch the attention of the city’s major club. Lyon authorities had personally contacted Serge Santa Cruz, the president of Bron Terraillon in the 1990s, in an attempt to sign the youngster; however, Santa Cruz refused. After speaking with Benzema’s father, the club agreed to let him try out for Lyon. Following the trial, Benzema signed a contract with Lyon and was accepted into the club’s youth system.

Benzema swiftly rose through the academy’s younger ranks. He worked as a ballboy for the Lyon senior team and excelled in school, being hailed as a “discreet and respectable” student. Benzema scored 38 goals at the under-16 level in the Championnat National des 16 ans, France’s domestic league for under-16 juvenile players. Benzema was called up to the senior team for the first time during the break coming up to the second half of the season by manager Paul Le Guen. The teenage striker had to stand up and talk to his new teammates, which at the time featured Michael Essien, Sylvain Wiltord, Florent Malouda, and Eric Abidal, as is traditional when new players arrive at Lyon. Benzema was interrupted by jokes and laughs while speaking, prompting the child to exclaim, “Do not laugh, I’m coming to take your place.” He then made his professional debut against Metz on January 15, 2005, as a substitute for Pierre-Alain Frau. Lyon won the match 2–0, thanks to Benzema’s assist on Bryan Bergougnoux’s second goal. Following that, he signed his first professional contract, a three-year deal. After three additional substitute appearances, Benzema made his first professional start in a 1–0 win over Lens on April 2. He made six appearances for Lyon, who won the league for the fourth time in a row.

On July 1, 2009, it was revealed that Lyon and Real Madrid had struck an agreement for Benzema’s transfer. The transfer cost was set at €35 million, with incentives allowing it to rise to as high as €41 million. Benzema passed his medical on July 9 and later that afternoon signed his contract, a six-year term. Later the same night, he was officially introduced as a Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, following in the footsteps of Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo. On July 20, Benzema made his Real Madrid debut as a half-time substitute in the club’s first pre-season friendly against Irish club Shamrock Rovers in Dublin. In the club’s 1–0 win, he scored the lone goal in the 87th minute. Benzema scored two goals in Real Madrid’s 4–0 victory over Rosenborg in an annual friendly competition for the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy on August 24. With the goals, he now has five in the pre-season with Real Madrid, putting him joint top scorer with fellow striker Ral.

On August 29, 2009, Benzema made his league debut for Real Madrid against Deportivo La Corua. Benzema switched to the number 9 shirt before the 2010–11 season when Real Madrid was under the guidance of new manager José Mourinho. Benzema began the season as a substitute, coming off the bench in the team’s first league match of the season against Mallorca, as Mourinho preferred Ronaldo and Higuain as his attackers. He scored the opening goal in the El Derbi madrileo on March 19, and Real Madrid went on to win the match 2–1. Despite his form, Benzema only played in one of the four highly anticipated El Clásico matches versus Barcelona.

Benzema was called up to Real Madrid’s team for the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December 2016. On December 15, Benzema scored in the final seconds of the first half against América, enabling his team to advance to the final by a score of 2–0. Three days later, in the final against Kashima Antlers, Benzema scored in the ninth minute and also assisted Ronaldo’s second goal, as Real Madrid won 4–2 in extra time following a 2–2 tie in the regular time. It was Benzema’s tenth title with Real Madrid, and he ended joint-second in scoring with two goals in two games.

After Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus in July 2018, Benzema took over as Real Madrid’s top scorer, scoring 30 goals in all competitions in 2018–19, making him the club’s top scorer for the season. His importance in Real Madrid’s squad grew dramatically. On the 4th of October, Benzema scored his 250th goal for Real Madrid in all competitions against Levante in La Liga, opening his goal account for 2020–21. He became the second player in history, behind Lionel Messi, to score in 16 straight Champions League seasons when he scored an amazing over-the-head goal in a 2–2 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach at Borussia Park on October 27.

Following Sergio Ramos’ move to PSG, Benzema was named Real Madrid’s vice-captain for the 2021–22 season by Ancelotti. Benzema scored a brace against Alaves on August 14 to help Los Blancos start the league season with a 1–4 away win and move to the top of the table. Benzema’s first-half strike was Ancelotti’s first official goal in his second spell. Benzema signed a contract deal with Real Madrid six days later, extending his stay at the club until 2023. Benzema scored his 300th goal for Real Madrid on January 8, converting a penalty in a 4–1 win over Valencia at home in La Liga.

With a goal in a 4–0 win over Espanyol at the Bernabéu on April 30, 2022, he helped Real capture their 35th Spanish title. He helped Real Madrid to their 17th European Cup final on 4 May by scoring the game-winning goal from the penalty spot in extra time in the second leg against Manchester City. With 27 goals in 32 games during the 2021–22 La Liga season, Benzema won his first Pichichi Trophy. He won his fifth Champions League trophy on May 28, 2022, with a 1–0 win over Liverpool in the final, and concluded the competition as the league’s top scorer with 15 goals. Benzema was named the Champions League player of the season on May 31. Benzema’s performances in the 2021–22 Champions League season have been hailed as one of the best in the competition’s history.

Benzema has previously represented France in various age groups, including the U17, U18, U19, and U21 teams. He was a member of the 2004 UEFA European U17 Football Championship-winning France U17 team. In March 2007, he made his senior international debut for France against Austria. When he made his senior international debut, he was only 19 years old. In the same game, Benzema scored his first senior international goal.

He was named to France’s UEFA Euro 2008 team. France was knocked out of the group stage. Due to his involvement in the sex scandal, he was left out of France’s squad for the FIFA World Cup 2010. Four French internationals were investigated for their roles as clients in a prostitute ring operating inside a Paris nightclub, with some of the women possibly being underage. Franck Ribery, Sidney Govou, Hatem Ben Arfa, and Benzema were four French internationals investigated for their roles as clients in a prostitute ring operated inside a Paris nightclub, with some of the women possibly being underage. France manager Domenech, on the other hand, blamed Benzema’s exclusion on his difficulties with his new club Real Madrid.

Later, he returned to the national team for the Euro Cup 2012 qualifiers and was named to France’s Euro Cup 2012 roster. He was a member of the France team that advanced to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals. In November 2015, Benzema was detained by French authorities for allegedly blackmailing fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena over the purported filming of a sex tape on a mobile phone. He was eventually suspended from the France national team, preventing him from competing in the 2016 UEFA Euros and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In 2021, he was finally given a spot in the France squad. In the UEFA Euro 2020, he made his comeback to French football. For his performance in the final, UEFA named him “Player of the Match.” Benzema scored his first goals in the 2022 World Cup qualifications with a brace in an 8–0 win over Kazakhstan on November 13, 2021, as France qualified for Qatar 2022. With his brace, he surpassed David Trezeguet as Les Bleus’ fifth all-time leading scorer with 35 goals.

Awards, Titles, and Achievements

Karim Benzema France

Player: Karim Benzema France (source: Goal.com)

Kylian Mbappe has won a huge number of titles and individual awards in his career.


  • Ligue 1: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Coupe de France: 2007–08
  • Trophée des Champions: 2006, 2007

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 2011–12, 2016–17, 2019–20, 2021–22
  • Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14
  • Supercopa de España: 2012, 2017, 2019–20, 2021–22
  • UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2021–22
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018

France U17

  • UEFA European Under-17 Championship: 2004


  • UEFA Nations League: 2020–21


  • Bravo Award: 2008
  • Ligue 1 top scorer: 2007–08
  • Coupe de France top scorer: 2007–08
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Month: January 2008, April 2008
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year: 2007–08
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2007-08
  • Golden Lion for the best Lyon sportsman: 2007, 2008
  • French Rookie of the Year: 2006
  • Peace Cup Best player: 2007
  • Peace Cup Bronze Boot: 2007
  • Étoile d’Or: 2007–08
  • French Player of the Year: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2021
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2020–21, 2021–22
  • UEFA Champions League Player of the Season: 2021–22
  • UEFA Champions League top goalscorer: 2021–22
  • UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2011–12
  • Onze d’Or: 2020–21, 2021–22
  • The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2021 (4th)
  • AS Award Best Player of the Year: 2021
  • La Liga Best Player: 2019–20
  • Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano: 2019–20
  • UNFP Best French Player playing Abroad: 2019, 2021, 2022
  • Supercopa de España top scorer: 2021–22
  • Marca La Liga Best Player (voted by fans): 2019–20, 2020–21
  • Real Madrid Player of the Season: 2015–16, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2021–22
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
  • UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2019–20
  • La Liga Player of the Month: October 2014, June 2020, March 2021, September 2021, April 2022
  • La Liga Pichichi Trophy: 2021–22
  • Madrid Sports Press Association Award (APDM)
  • L’Équipe’s Team of the Year: 2020, 2021
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2020–21
  • Ballon d’Or nominee: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
  • FIFA FIFPRO World 11 nominee: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
  • UNFP Best French Player playing Abroad nominee: 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Member of Guinness World Records 2021: Player with the most consecutive seasons in the UEFA Champions League (qualified in the competition without interruption since 2005)
  • 2005 UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup top scorer
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Man of the Match: Honduras (GS), Switzerland (GS)
  • UEFA Euro 2020 Star of the Match: Portugal (GS)
  • UEFA European Championship Bronze Boot: 2020
  • UEFA Nations League Final Man of the Match: 2021
  • UEFA Nations League Finals Bronze Boot: 2021
  • UEFA Nations League Finals Goal of the Tournament: 2021