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Benzema tells Real Madrid he will leave if Haaland arrives
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Benzema tells Real Madrid he will leave if Haaland arrives

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema has informed the club that he will leave if Erling Haaland arrives from Borussia Dortmund this summer. The LaLiga club is one of the many clubs interested in signing Haaland whose release clause becomes active at the end of the season. Benzema would be happy to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu if the club signs Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe. The France international will not push for a way out of the club because he has a good understanding with his international team-mate. However, El Nacional reports Benzema has notified president Florentino Perez that he will be forced to quit if they land Haaland. Real are looking to sign both Haaland and Mbappe this summer.
Benzema: I wasn’t Ronaldo’s deputy at Real Madrid
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Benzema: I wasn’t Ronaldo’s deputy at Real Madrid

The Frenchman insists that he only has good memories from the duo's time together in the Spanish capital   Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has insisted that he did not play the role of Cristiano Ronaldo's deputy during their time together at the Spanish club. The talented pair were instrumental in the success that Madrid enjoyed over the past decade but there were many who were of the opinion that Ronaldo was the main star, with Benzema being second in command. Indeed, the pair won numerous trophies together and despite Ronaldo having scored more times than Benzema, the Frenchman has dismissed the suggestion that he played a more superior role.
Kylian Mbappe wins Men’s player of the year at 2021 Globe Soccer Awards
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Kylian Mbappe wins Men’s player of the year at 2021 Globe Soccer Awards

French forward Kylian Mbappe, Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski have all bagged awards at the Dubai 2021 Globe Soccer Awards. Mbappe won the Best Men’s Player of the Year at the ceremony on Monday night, December 27 beating six-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo; Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, Karim Benzema, and Lewandowski to the award. The 23-year-old Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star scooped the prize in a ceremony at the Armani Hotel, Dubai. “It is a big achievement for me. I want to say thank you to my club Paris Saint-Germain, who believed in me these past five years, even better this season,” he said after he was handed the award. “To my national team; to all the people who nobody knows who work with me, who help me a l...
LaLiga: I agree, Hazard is back – Ancelotti hails Belgium star after 2-1 win over Athletic
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LaLiga: I agree, Hazard is back – Ancelotti hails Belgium star after 2-1 win over Athletic

Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti has hailed Eden Hazard’s performance in their 2-1 away victory over Athletic Club on Wednesday. Karim Benzema netted twice inside the opening 10 minutes to send Real Madrid on their way to a 2-1 victory. And Ancelotti was impressed by the performance of Hazard who has found life in Madrid exceedingly difficult. Hazard has barely found his best form at any stage since joining the Spanish giants from Chelsea, but did contribute to the victory at San Mames. “I agree, Hazard is back,” Ancelotti explained in his post-match press conference when asked about the Belgian. “Hazard has done well, he fought hard. “The difference is to defend, they [Hazard and Vinicius] understand well what the team has to do in the defensive phase.”
Benzema injury: How long will Real Madrid star be out for & which games will he miss?
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Benzema injury: How long will Real Madrid star be out for & which games will he miss?

The star striker was replaced by Luka Jovic on Saturday Real Madrid star Karim Benzema limped off the pitch injured in Saturday's match against Real Sociedad, with Carlo Ancelotti replacing the striker with Luka Jovic. His 16th-minute problem is related to his left hamstring, and he will be re-evaluated on either Sunday or Monday to determine the extent of his injury. Benzema has been in incredible form this year, scoring 35 goals in 46 matches in 2021 entering Saturday.
Ballon d’ Or 2021: ‘The Show must go on’ – Karim Benzema reacts to award snub
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: ‘The Show must go on’ – Karim Benzema reacts to award snub

Real Madrid attacker, Karim Benzema has reacted to finishing in the fourth position in the Ballon d’Or 2021. Benzema ended up behind Chelsea’s Jorginho, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and the winner, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi. The 2021 Ballon d’ Or was awarded to Messi on Monday in Paris. Reacting, the France international took to his Twitter handle, also thanked everyone who supported him to make the Ballon d’ Or top five this year, adding that the show must go on. Benzema tweeted, “Thanks to everyone who supports me I play football for you and the show must go on #halamadrid #nueve #alhamdulilla.” Benzema had a great year in 2021. The forward almost led Real Madrid to the La Liga title by scoring 23 goals. However, the Los Blanco mis...
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema found guilty in sex tape blackmail case
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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema found guilty in sex tape blackmail case

France and Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema has been handed a one-year suspended jail sentence and €75,000 fine after being found guilty in a sex tape blackmail case. Benzema was found guilty of being involved in an attempt in 2015 to blackmail France teammate Mathieu Valbuena, with a sex tape. The allegations against Benzema, which date to 2015, led to him being cast out of the French squad for five years before being brought back into the fold in May in time to play in Euro 2020. The 33-year-old's lawyers have confirmed he will appeal against the verdict. The court decision is unlikely to affect Benzema's immediate sporting future. The forward is regarded as one of the favorites to win the Ballon d'Or award later this month following an impressive season with Madrid. ...
Ballon d’ Or: ‘It would be a Triumph for Football’ – Alvaro names player that Should Win Award
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Ballon d’ Or: ‘It would be a Triumph for Football’ – Alvaro names player that Should Win Award

Fiorentina right-back, Alvaro Odriozola has backed Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema to win the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. Odriozola believes it would be a triumph for football if Benzema wins the Ballon d’ Or this year. Benzema was recently included in the 30-man nominees shortlisted to win the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. The 33-year-old won the UEFA Nations League with France this year. Benzema has been impressive for Real Madrid, topping the LaLiga goal chart with ten goals so far this season. “Benzema winning the Ballon d’Or would be a triumph for football,” Odriozola, who is currently on loan at Fiorentina from Real Madrid, said via Diaro AS. The winner of this year’s Ballon d’ or will be announced on November 29.
Ballon d’Or: Thierry Henry snubs Messi, names player that should win award
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Ballon d’Or: Thierry Henry snubs Messi, names player that should win award

Former Barcelona striker, Thierry Henry, has snubbed his former teammate, Lionel Messi, and backed Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema or Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon d’Or award this year. Messi has won the Ballon d’Or six times in the past and was included in the 30-man nominees shortlisted to win the prestigious prize this year. The Argentine captain will rival Benzema, Kante, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, among others. Speaking on who should win the Ballon d’ Or this year, Henry said in an interview with Le Journal de Dimanche, “Let’s be realistic, I hope it can be him [Karim Benzema] or N’Golo Kante. Robert Lewandowski would have been elected in 2020 if it had not been cancelled. “We can al...
Karim Benzema will remain available for France selection even if he’s found guilty over sex tape blackmail – FFF chief Noel Le Graet says
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Karim Benzema will remain available for France selection even if he’s found guilty over sex tape blackmail – FFF chief Noel Le Graet says

Karim Benzema will still be available for France selection, even if he is found guilty of blackmail charges against his former teammate Mathieu Valbuena. France Football Federation president Noel Le Graet made this known as he insisted that Benzema's selection will be decided on sporting merit alone. The Real Madrid striker has been in sensational form since returning to the French fold following a five-year hiatus, taking his place in the Euro 2020 squad and also being a key member of their recent Nations League success. Benzema is accused of attempting to persuade Valbuena to agree to the sum of money being extorted from him by blackmailers, thus making the striker complicit in the crime. However, even if he is found guilty, with prosecutors seeking a 10-month suspended sen...
Update: Real Madrid star Karim Benzema’s lawyers demand sex-tape blackmail case against the France striker is dismissed
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Update: Real Madrid star Karim Benzema’s lawyers demand sex-tape blackmail case against the France striker is dismissed

Karim Benzema's lawyers have called for charges against him over an attempt to blackmail fellow player Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape to be dismissed. On the last day of hearings, Benzema's lawyers claimed the prosecution had failed to provide evidence to convict the star of complicity in an attempt to blackmail. 'One can ask what really interests French people in this case? Sex? Money? Football? Not the judicial element in any case,' lawyer Antoine Vey told the court, adding that the prosecution's case had been built around Valbuena's 'feelings'. Addressing the judge, he added: 'It's never too late to do some law. You are the final safeguard.' Benzema's other lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, criticised a 'media-judicial circus'. The prosecution demanded a 10-month suspended sen...
Prosecutors in Karim Benzema’s sex-tape blackmail trial call for the Real Madrid striker to be handed 10-month suspended sentence and €75,000 fine on Friday
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Prosecutors in Karim Benzema’s sex-tape blackmail trial call for the Real Madrid striker to be handed 10-month suspended sentence and €75,000 fine on Friday

Prosecutors in Karim Benzema's trial over an alleged attempt to blackmail former France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena with his sex tape have called for the Real Madrid player to be handed a 10-month suspended sentence and a €75,000 (£63,194) fine. A verdict is expected to be delivered on Friday, October 22. On day two of Benzema's trial on Thursday, he was described as 'cavalier' after failing to show up. The legal team acting on behalf of the Real Madrid striker told the court in Versailles on day one that professional obligations made it 'impossible' for him to attend. Benzema had played in the Champions League in Ukraine the night before the first day of the trial and is now training for Sunday's El Clasico clash with Barcelona in LaLiga - one of the biggest games in worl...
UCL: I love Salah but he’s not – Thierry Henry names best player in the world
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UCL: I love Salah but he’s not – Thierry Henry names best player in the world

Former Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry has said that Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski are far ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in terms of who is currently the best player in the world. Henry said the Egyptian should not be classed as the best player in the world despite the 29-year-old making an impressive start to the season with Liverpool scoring 12 goals in 11 appearances so far. According to the France legend, Salah should be considered as the best player in the Premier League at the moment but not in the world. When asked by CBS Sport if he considers Salah as the best player in the world, Henry said: “Not yet.
Real Madrid star Karim Benzema faces up to five years in prison as sex-tape trial starts
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Real Madrid star Karim Benzema faces up to five years in prison as sex-tape trial starts

Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema's trial for his alleged involvement in an attempted blackmail case linked to a sex tape featuring his former France team-mate Matthieu Valbuena, has kicked off. Benzema is accused encouraging Valbuena to pay blackmailers who threatened to make the sexually explicit video public in 2015. The 33-year-old has denied wrongdoing and his lawyer has described the case against the player as "absurd". Benzema faces up to five years in jail and a €75,000 (£63,282) fine if convicted. Benzema, who played for Real Madrid in their 5-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Tuesday night, was absent as the trial got underway in Versailles. His four co-accused - Mustapha Zouaoui, Younes Houass, Karim Zenati & Axel Angot - face c...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Modric names player that deserves to win award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Modric names player that deserves to win award

Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, has said Karim Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Benzema made the 30-man shortlist for the award, along with favourites Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorginho, Robert Lewandowski and N’Golo Kante. The France striker had the best scoring season of his career last year, netting 22 times in LaLiga. He followed it up by winning the Nations League with Les Bleus last week. Modric is now the latest footballer to advocate for Benzema winning the prize. “We will see. There are various candidates that could win it. For me, Karim is one of them. “I hope that he wins it because he deserves it for how he has played this year and his trajectory. “Above all, these recent years. He has always been at the top level. And he h...
Ballon D’Or: I hope to win award like Ronaldo, Zidane – Benzema
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Ballon D’Or: I hope to win award like Ronaldo, Zidane – Benzema

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has expressed his hope of winning the Ballon D’Or like his idols Ronaldo de Lima and Zinedine Zidane. Benzema has made the 30-man shortlist for the 2021 Ballon D’Or following his fine form. The 33-year-old finished as the second top scorer in LaLiga last season and currently leads the Spanish top-flight’s goals and assist charts. The France international has now said winning the prize would see him fulfil a childhood dream. Benzema told Canal+: “Win the Ballon d’Or? Yes, that would be one of the many dreams I have had since childhood. Of course I dreamed of it as a kid. “My idols, whether it’s R9 [Ronaldo] or Zizou [Zidane], they came to Real Madrid and won the Ballon d’Or. And that’s one of the little things I think about. Today, I’m no...
Ballon d’ Or: He’s incredible – Zidane snubs Ronaldo, names player who should win award
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Ballon d’ Or: He’s incredible – Zidane snubs Ronaldo, names player who should win award

Former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has snubbed Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and named the Los Blancos striker, Karim Benzema, as the player that deserves to win the Ballon d’ Or this year. Zidane described Benzema, who led France to win the UEFA Nations League last week, as an incredible player. Benzema was nominated in the Ballon d’ Or 30-an nominees some few days ago. The France international will battle Ronaldo, Paris Saint-Germain’sLionel Messi, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and among others for the Ballon d’ Or this year. “Benzema deserves the Ballon d’Or,” Zidane told Telefoot on Sunday morning. “He’s an incredible player – I have had the great honour of managing him. “He can do it all on a pitch. He’s a cut above – and ...
LaLiga: El Clasico still best game in football without Messi – Benzema
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LaLiga: El Clasico still best game in football without Messi – Benzema

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has insisted that the El Clasico is still the best game in club football, despite Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona. Both LaLiga rivals clash at the Camp Nou on October 24. Madrid are currently top of the table, while Barca are in ninth place. Messi’s exit, following that of Cristiano Ronaldo from Madrid in 2018, has led some to question the current level of the two Clasico giants. But Benzema still feels there is enough quality left in the two squads to put up a show. “For me, it’s still the same. It remains the best match that exists in football. “It doesn’t matter about the players who are there, who have left or who will join. Real-Barca is historic. The names change but before there was [Zinedine] Zidane, Ronaldinho, Ronald...
Ballon d’ Or: I’m conviced – Fabio Cannavaro snubs Jorginho, names player to win award
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Ballon d’ Or: I’m conviced – Fabio Cannavaro snubs Jorginho, names player to win award

Former Real Madrid and Juventus defender, Fabio Cannavaro, has snubbed Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, and named Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, as the player that should win the Ballon d’ Or this year. Cannavaro, who won the Ballon d’ Or in 2006, said he was convinced Messi will win the Ballon d’ Or this year ahead of Jorginho. Messi won the 2021 Copa America with Argentina, while Jorginho won the Champions League with Chelsea and he was a key player in Italy’s successful Euros title triumph in the summer. Messi and Jorginho were included in this year’s 30-man Ballon d’ Or nominees last week. Both players are expected to rival Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, among others for the...
UEFA Nations League: Prize money for France, Spain, others revealed
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UEFA Nations League: Prize money for France, Spain, others revealed

UEFA will pay France €14 million for winning this year’s Nations League ahead of Spain. The top European football governing body will also pay Spain €9million for losing the UEFA Nations League final to France, Bolavip reports. France defeated Spain 2-1 in the final at San Siro on Sunday evening. Goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe ensured France defeated Spain, as Mikel Oyarzabal’s strike was not enough. However, in the third/fourth place encounter played at the weekend, Italy defeated Belgium 2-1 to claim the third position. UEFA will pay Italy €8million for finishing third place, while Belgium will get €7million for finishing fourth place. Meanwhile, Portugal won the inaugural competition in 2019. The Nations League 2020-21 is the second season of the tourn...
Mbappe was offside – Sergio Busquets criticises referee after Spain’s defeat to France
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Mbappe was offside – Sergio Busquets criticises referee after Spain’s defeat to France

Spain midfielder, Sergio Busquets, has criticised referee Anthony Taylor following his side’s UEFA Nations League final defeat against France on Sunday. Busquets slammed Taylor’s decision to allow Kylian Mbappe’s late winner in France’s 2-1 win against Spain. France defeated Spain following goals from Karim Benzema and Mbappe. Mikel Oyarzabal did score for Sapin at San Siro. Hernandez had slipped a pass in behind the defence for Mbappe, who slotted the ball under goalkeeper Unai Simon and wheeled away in celebration while Spain appealed for offside. Replays showed that Mbappe was clearly behind the last man and in an offside position, but Taylor deemed that Spanish defender Eric Garcia had got a meaningful touch on the ball which created a second phase of play. Reacting...
France defeat Spain in UEFA Nations League final
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France defeat Spain in UEFA Nations League final

France came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 and win the UEFA Nations League on Sunday. Mikel Oyarzabal opened the scoring for Luis Enrique’s side, moments after Theo Hernandez hit the underside of the crossbar. Les Blues responded immediately, with Kylian Mbappe finding Karim Benzema, who curled in an unstoppable effort With 10 minutes left in the game, Mbappe broke free to score the winner. “We showed our character against a very strong team. We never gave up. “It shows what great teams do — never panic, be patient and wait for the right time. “We are going to enjoy this trophy and then go get the World Cup [next year],” Benzema said. Nations League, which is just in its second edition, is UEFA’s secondary tournament for national teams.
UEFA Nations League: France to play Spain in final
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UEFA Nations League: France to play Spain in final

France fought back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Belgium 3-2 in a UEFA Nations League semi-final on Thursday. Roberto Martinez’s men raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku. However, after the break, Karim Benzema pulled one back with a neat turn and finish. The world champions then turned the game around through goals from Kylian Mbappe and Theo Hernandez. There was still time for Lukaku to have a late effort ruled out for offside by VAR. They will now face Spain in Sunday’s final.
Benzema tipped to win Ballon d’Or
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Benzema tipped to win Ballon d’Or

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has tipped Karim Benzema to win the Ballon d’Or. According to him, Benzema is like fine wine that gets better with age. The award has been won by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, but the 33-year-old’s form has led to calls from the local media for him to be given the prize. Benzema has scored eight times and provided seven assists already this season, with Madrid sitting on top of LaLiga. “For what he’s doing and for what he’s done, he has to be in the list of possible winners. “Saying that, Karim’s got time to win it. I somehow doubt this is his final season – he’s like a fine wine; the older he gets the better he is,” Ancelotti said of Benzema.
LaLiga Highest Goal Scorers so far [Top 12]
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LaLiga Highest Goal Scorers so far [Top 12]

Ahead of the conclusion to the LaLiga match-day six fixtures on Thursday night where Barcelona will tackle Cadiz, below are currently the highest goal scorers in the Spanish-top flight league. Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, is presently the highest goal scorer in the LaLiga with eight goals. The France international scored a brace in Real Madrid’s 6-1 win against Mallorca on Wednesday night. Behind Benzema is Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior, who has scored five goals so far. Below is the highest goal scorers in the LaLiga so far; 8 goals; Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema 5 goals; Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior 4 goals; Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal 3 goals; Valencia’s Carlos Soler, Sevilla’s Erik Lamela, Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa, Real Madrid’s Marco A...
Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid’s Benzema opens up on desire to win
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Ballon d’Or: Real Madrid’s Benzema opens up on desire to win

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has expressed a desire to win the Ballon d’ Or before retiring from football. Benzema made the revelation at a press conference ahead of Real Madrid’s away Champions League clash with Inter Milan on Wednesday night. “[Winning the Ballon d’Or] does not make me lose any sleep, although it’s a dream for every player,” Benzema said. “What I want is to help the team. Every player wants to win it [the Ballon d’Or] and so do I.” The France international added, “For me, the Champions League is the top competition and it is the one with the most pressure. “For me, there are no favourites. On the pitch, one thinks that one team will win and then another wins. We have a great team and we are going to fight to win it.”
‘Benzema is a child of OL’ – Real Madrid star could return to Lyon one day, says club president Aulas
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‘Benzema is a child of OL’ – Real Madrid star could return to Lyon one day, says club president Aulas

The Groupama Stadium chief is optimistic that the French striker will re-trace his steps before he reaches the end of his career Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas hopes Real Madrid star Karim Benzema could return to the French club one day. Benzema began his career at Lyon back in 2004 and spent five years on their books before being snapped up by Madrid for an initial fee of €35 million (£30m/$41m). The France international has since established himself as one of the top centre-forwards in Europe and recently signed a contract extension at Santiago Bernabeu, but Aulas still believes that he could retrace his steps in the future.
‘Ankle injury is a thing of the past’ – Hazard in high spirits after returning to action with Madrid
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‘Ankle injury is a thing of the past’ – Hazard in high spirits after returning to action with Madrid

The Belgium forward has featured only intermittently for his club since moving from Chelsea due to a succession of physical problems Real Madrid star Eden Hazard vowed his ankle troubles were now behind him after the Blancos kicked off Carlo Ancelotti's second spell as coach in style. The Belgian played just over an hour of Saturday's 4-1 thrashing of Alaves and provided a fine assist before being replaced by Vinicius Junior, with Madrid already cruising at that stage thanks to Karim Benzema's double and a strike from Nacho. And having seen his time at the Santiago Bernabeu severely affected by injury, Hazard believes he has now turned a corner.
Ancelotti Puts Real Madrid squad up for sale, excludes five players
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Ancelotti Puts Real Madrid squad up for sale, excludes five players

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is ready to sell his entire squad, except for five players in this summer transfer window, as he looks to bolster his team ahead of next season. Express UK reported on Monday that Real Madrid is in need of money to allow Ancelotti to bring in his own signings, with one player, in particular, being lined up. Ancelotti is desperate to create money to bring in his own players, meaning the majority of the Los Blancos squad could be available. The likes of Eden Hazard, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale are all still on Real Madrid’s books and are, no doubt, on huge wages. The trio could all leave Santiago Bernabeu before the end of the summer if the right offer comes in. The players Ancelotti won’t sell this summer are Karim Benzema, Thibaut Court...
Real Madrid defender Odriozola tests positive for coronavirus
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Real Madrid defender Odriozola tests positive for coronavirus

The defender has joined Karim Benzema and David Alaba in having tested positive for Covid-19 to further disrupt Madrid's pre-season preparations Real Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola has returned a positive test for coronavirus, the club confirmed on Saturday. The Liga side's pre-season preparations have been disrupted by the virus, with some of the club's first-team players having been forced to isolate after testing positive. And Odriozola is the latest who will have to withdraw from training, with Madrid due to face AC Milan in a friendly on August 8.
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Real Madrid Defender, David Alaba Contracts COVID-19

Real Madrid defender, David Alaba, has tested positive for COVID-19. Real Madrid made the announcement in a statement via its website on Wednesday. The statement read, “Real Madrid C. F. would like to notify that our player, David Alaba, has tested positive for COVID-19.” This is coming less than a week after Real Madrid officially unveiled Alaba as their player. Alaba, a former Bayern Munich star, is now the second Real Madrid squad member to have tested positive for COVID-19 this summer. Karim Benzema is still in Lyon after he turned in a positive test result just before he was scheduled to return to Real Madrid. Alaba will now be in isolation for the next couple of days.
Benzema Tests Positive for COVID-19
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Benzema Tests Positive for COVID-19

  Real Madrid have confirmed that striker Karim Benzema has tested positive for COVID-19. The LaLiga giants, who have replaced Zinedine Zidane with Carlo Ancelotti, are already in preseason ahead of the 2021/2022 season. However, Benzema will play no part in pre-season training, as he must now take in a period of self-isolation. A terse statement on Real’s official website reads: “Real Madrid C. F. confirm that our player Karim Benzema has tested positive for Covid-19.” He will not be cleared to rejoin the rest of Ancelotti’s squad before a negative test has been posted. Benzema has already made a delayed return to the Real fold following his involvement with France at Euro 2020
Euro 2020: Highest Goal Scorers revealed
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Euro 2020: Highest Goal Scorers revealed

  Following the conclusion of the Euro 2020 semi-final fixture on Wednesday night, below are currently the top scorers chasing the Golden Boot in the European Championship ahead of Sunday’s final at Wembley. Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick are tied in the race to finish in top scorer at the ongoing Euro 2020. Ronaldo and Schick both have five goals each despite both of their countries being out. However, England captain, Harry Kane has four goals after he netted the winning goal in his country’s 2-1 victory against Denmark on Wednesday. Euro 2020 top scorers after semi-final fixtures. 5 goals – Ronaldo and Schick 4 goals – Harry Kane, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, France’s Karim Benzema and Sweden’s Emil Forsberg. 3 goals –...
Cesc Fabregas tells Harry Kane club to join
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Cesc Fabregas tells Harry Kane club to join

Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, has urged Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, to join Real Madrid. Kane has already informed Tottenham he will leave the club this summer. But Fabregas believes the England captain would be ‘perfect for Real Madrid if they need to replace Karim Benzema. Kane has drawn the interest of many European clubs including, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea. “For a long time, I have felt that Harry Kane would be the perfect replacement for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid,” Fabregas wrote in a column for the Daily Telegraph. “Of course, Benzema showed again at the European Championships that he is not going anywhere and that he is playing very, very well, but the fact I even think Kane is capable of taking over from hi...
Euro 2020: Benzema breaks silence on France’s elimination
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Euro 2020: Benzema breaks silence on France’s elimination

France striker, Karim Benzema, has finally reacted to his country’s elimination from Euro 2020. France was knocked out of the European Championship on Monday by Switzerland. Didier Deschamps’s side was defeated 5-4 on penalties in Bucharest after Kylian Mbappe saw his spot-kick saved by goalkeeper Yann Sommer following a 3-3 draw after 120 minutes. Reacting, Benzema, in a post via his Instagram account, said: “Sad and disappointed after yesterday’s match. The disappointment is immense, I would have liked to continue to make you vibrate for a long time. Thank you for your unwavering support since the start of this Euro. “Thank you for the strength you have given me daily. “Nothing is ever easy, we continue to fight to prepare for the future and come back even stronger.”...
Mbappe misses vital penalty as Swiss dump out France in Euros epic
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Mbappe misses vital penalty as Swiss dump out France in Euros epic

Kylian Mbappe sensationally missed the decisive shoot-out penalty as Switzerland knocked out Euro 2020 favourites France after a six-goal thriller to set up a quarter-final clash with Spain. The superstar striker stepped up to take the 10th kick of the shoot-out but was denied by a brilliant stop by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer to cap a classic contest and a day of incredible drama at the European Championships. Manuel Akanji Switzerland Scored Marcus Thuram France Scored Ruben Vargas Switzerland Scored Presnel Kimpembe France Scored Admir Mehmedi Switzerland Scored Kylian Mbappe France Saved Early in the game Switzerland had taken a shock lead through Haris Seferovic's header (15), but France turned it around with a four-mi...
I’m on Same Level as Lewandowski, Benzema, others – Lukaku
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I’m on Same Level as Lewandowski, Benzema, others – Lukaku

Belgium striker, Romelu Lukaku, has insisted that he is on the same level as Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez and Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Lukaku said this ahead of Belgium’s Euro 2020 round of 16 tie against Portugal on Sunday night. The Inter Milan forward believes he should be recognised as one of the best strikers in the world. Lukaku has so far scored 63 goals in 96 games for Belgium. “People have tended to describe things this way,” Lukakau said at his pre-match press conference. “When they talk about [Robert] Lewandowski, [Karim] Benzema, [Luis] Suarez, [Harry] Kane, they would say it’s world class level and with me it is always about being in good form. “In the last two years I think I have shown it’s ...
Portugal vs France: Benzema Reveals Conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo after 2-2 draw
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Portugal vs France: Benzema Reveals Conversation with Cristiano Ronaldo after 2-2 draw

France striker, Karim Benzema, has revealed his conversation with Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, following both sides’ Euro 2020 2-2 draw on Thursday. France and Portugal played a draw at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium in Budapest on Thursday night, thanks to two goals each from Benzema and Ronaldo. Benzema and Ronaldo were former teammates at Real Madrid. Both players were seen chatting on the way to the tunnel at half-time before somewhat prematurely swapping shirts. Asked what was said between the both of them, Benzema told reporters after the game at his post-match press conference: “It’s nice to see him again, we have come a long way together. “We both played eight or nine years at Real Madrid, we scored goals, won trophies. “We spoke, we wished each other good ...
Chelsea Coach, Tuchel takes decision on selling Werner to Real Madrid
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Chelsea Coach, Tuchel takes decision on selling Werner to Real Madrid

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has decided not to sell striker, Timo Werner, to Real Madrid this summer, the UK Sun reports. Tuchel has made it clear he doesn’t want his countryman Werner to leave Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that Chelsea wants to sign a top striker this summer. Werner had emerged as a surprising transfer target for Real Madrid manager, Carlos Ancelotti. Ancelotti is keen to bring Werner to the Santiago Bernabeu despite the 25-year-old enduring a difficult first season with Chelsea. Werner is believed to be on the list of forwards being targeted by Ancelotti as the Los Blancos continue their search for a long-term Karim Benzema replacement. The 25-year-old star joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer in a deal worth £47 million. He finished the ...
LaLiga: Benzema reacts as Sergio Ramos leaves Real Madrid
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LaLiga: Benzema reacts as Sergio Ramos leaves Real Madrid

Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema has reacted to the departure of Sergio Ramos from Los Blancos. The LaLiga giants confirmed during the week that their captain is leaving the club. The Spanish giants also announced a press conference will be held on Thursday (today), to bid farewell to the veteran defender. The Spain international’s contract expires at the end of June and there have been reports Real Madrid were willing to give him an extension if he accepted a pay cut. But the 35-year-old, who has spent 16 years at the club, has decided to leave the Santiago Bernabeu. “More than a Capitán, my friend, my brother thanks for all the moments we spent together on the road of success for the @realmadrid Wish you all the best legend @SergioRamos,” Benzema tweeted on Thursday....
Hummels Own Goal as France Overcome Germany
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Hummels Own Goal as France Overcome Germany

A calamitous own goal from Mats Hummels gave world champions France a 1-0 victory over Germany in their Euro 2020 opener at the Allianz Arena. Hummels, recalled by Germany boss Joachim Low for the tournament following a two-year absence, sliced Lucas Hernandez's cross into his own net (20) to give favourites France, runners-up at the last Euros, a winning start in Group F. The eagerly-anticipated encounter proved an absorbing affair, although a little cagier than many were expecting, with clear scoring opportunities at a premium after the own goal. Serge Gnabry went closest for Germany, sending a looping volley narrowly over the bar from a Robin Gosens cross, while France, their ranks bolstered by the return of Karim Benzema, who started up front, struck the post through midfi...
France vs Germany: Play dirty against Giroud, Mbappe, Benzema, Griezmann – Rudiger tells teammates
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France vs Germany: Play dirty against Giroud, Mbappe, Benzema, Griezmann – Rudiger tells teammates

Germany defender, Antonio Rudiger, has urged his teammates to play a little dirty football against France forwards when both countries meet on Tuesday night in their Euro 2020 opener at Allianz Arena. France boasts a number of good forwards, including Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Antoine Greizmann and Olivier Giroud. Didier Deschamps’s side are in a tough group with Germany, Portugal and Hungary. “Of course, they [France] have good forwards [Mbappe, Benzema, Griezmann and Giroud], we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges,” Rudiger said at a pre-match press conference ahead of the game. “We have to be a little dirty, not always be nice or try to play nice football. “Against players like them, you have to throw down a marker.” The kick-off time for France v...
‘France have seven musketeers in attack’ – Papin thrilled by forward talent and return of ‘wild card’ Benzema
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‘France have seven musketeers in attack’ – Papin thrilled by forward talent and return of ‘wild card’ Benzema

The former Les Bleus striker thinks Didier Deschamps' side have the "firepower" to go all the way at Euro 2020 France have "seven musketeers in attack", according to Jean-Pierre Papin, who has expressed his excitement over the forward talent in his country's ranks and the return of "wild card" Karim Benzema. Les Bleus are being billed as the favourites to win Euro 2020, with Didier Deschamps having named a star-studded squad for the tournament as they seek to go one better than their final appearance five years ago. Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Wissam Ben Yedder and Karim Benzema all made the final cut, with Papin left in awe by the attacking riches at Deschamps' disposal.
Liverpool hero Aldridge: I’d love to see Mbappe at Anfield
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Liverpool hero Aldridge: I’d love to see Mbappe at Anfield

Liverpool hero John Aldridge can't see PSG striker Kylian Mbappe moving to Anfield. Aldridge wrote for the Sunday World: "Karim Benzema is back for France after a long time in the international wilderness, but Mbappe is the player who gives them the magic sparkle and he can turn any game with a flash of genius. "He is a better all-around player than Kane, but he might not be as clinical in front of goal and France need him to have a finishing touch to match his class if he is to shine this summer. "Mbappe is constantly linked with a move to Liverpool and while I'd love to see him at Anfield, I'd say there is more chance of me starting up front for Jurgen Klopp next season. "It looks like Mbappe is a big Liverpool fan and on that basis, it would be great to see him get a move to...
Benzema declares himself 100 per cent fit for France’s Euro 2020 campaign after injury scare
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Benzema declares himself 100 per cent fit for France’s Euro 2020 campaign after injury scare

The Real Madrid striker has confirmed that he is back in full training with Les Bleus after recovering from a slight knock Karim Benzema has declared himself 100 per cent fit for France's Euro 2020 campaign after shaking off an injury scare. Benzema was called up to the France squad for the first time in six years ahead of their latest international tournament, but left head coach Didier Deschamps sweating on his fitness after limping out of their final warm-up game against Bulgaria. The 33-year-old was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 41st minute of the 3-0 victory after going down under a challenge from opposition defender Ivan Turitsov, leading to question marks over his participation in France's Group F opener against Germany.
Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand Predicts Golden Boot winner
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Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand Predicts Golden Boot winner

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has predicted the player that will finish the European Championship as top scorer. Ferdinand feels Harry Kane will win the Golden Boot, depending on how far England progresses in the tournament. If the Three Lions fail to reach the last four, he has picked Kylian Mbappe or Karim Benzema both from France, to claim it. “If England gets to the semi-finals I think Harry Kane will be the top goalscorer of the tournament,” he said. “If they don’t get to the semi-finals I think Mbappe. “Outside bet Benzema – what a fairytale that would be.”
Ancelotti Set to Bring Chelsea Star to Real Madrid
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Ancelotti Set to Bring Chelsea Star to Real Madrid

  Chelsea forward, Timo Werner, is being linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window. Fichajes reports that Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is keen to bring Werner to the Santiago Bernabeu despite the Germany international enduring a difficult first season with Chelsea. Werner is believed to be on the list of forwards being targeted by Ancelotti as Real Madrid continue their search for a long-term Karim Benzema replacement. The 25-year-old joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer in a deal worth £47 million. Prior to his move to Stamford Bridge, Werner had spent four seasons with Leipzig, during which he scored 95 goals in 159 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga club. Werner’s pace and movement made him one of the most e...
Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker Predict Euro 2020 winner
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker Predict Euro 2020 winner

  Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020. The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success. Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante. Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack. “France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC. Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.” Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus. “It’s hard t...
Real Madrid striker Benzema hands France injury scare
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Real Madrid striker Benzema hands France injury scare

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has handed France an injury scare during their friendly against Bulgaria. Benzema was forced off after 39 minutes. Benzema had a painful collision with Ivan Turitsov as he looked to direct a shot on goal, leaving the Real Madrid striker clutching his right knee. He asked to be substituted, before being replaced by Olivier Giroud. The injury is a blow with France's Euro 2020 campaign just around the corner. However it did not look serious, on a night where Benzema started well and linked up brilliantly with Kylian Mbappe before having to come off.    
Chelsea veteran Giroud bags brace in France victory over Bulgaria
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Chelsea veteran Giroud bags brace in France victory over Bulgaria

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored a double as France claimed a 3-0 win over Bulgaria in their final Euro 2020 warm-up match. The reigning world champions fielded a strong team with Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann in attack. Barcelona star Griezmann broke the deadlock with an acrobatic bicycle kick with 29 minutes on the clock. Giroud came off the bench to score a clinical strike before sealing a brace seven minutes later. Les Bleus open their Group F campaign at Euro 2020 on Tuesday, 15 June with an exciting tie against Germany.

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