Karim Benzema

Karim Mostafa Benzema (French pronunciation: ​[kaʁim mɔstafa bɛnzema]; born 19 December 1987) is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Madrid. Known for his aerial ability, workrate, playmaking and finishing, Benzema is considered to be one of the best strikers in the world.

Born in Lyon, Benzema began his senior career with hometown club Olympique Lyonnais in 2005, contributing sporadically to three Ligue 1 title wins. In 2008, he was named the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Player of the Year and in the Team of the Year as he finished as the league's top goalscorer and won his fourth title and first Coupe de France. In 2009, Benzema was the subject of a then French record association football transfer when signed for Real Madrid in a transfer worth €35 million.

After struggling to establish himself in his debut season, Benzema eventually reached prominence at Real Madrid and has won 13 trophies, including three La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, and four UEFA Champions League titles, and ranks as the club's fifth all-time top goalscorer, as well as their all-time top assist provider.

Karim Benzema
sportsmole.co.uk
16 April 2021, 16:37
How Real Madrid could line up against Getafe
Real Madrid will be aiming to record their 21st La Liga victory of the season when they take on Getafe on Sunday evening. Zinedine Zidane 's side, who are currently second in the table, one point behind leaders Atletico Madrid, will be without a number of important players this weekend through injury and suspension.
sportsmole.co.uk
16 April 2021, 16:11
Preview: Getafe vs. Real Madrid - prediction, team news
Real Madrid will be aiming to make it five La Liga victories in a row when they travel to Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday evening to take on Getafe. Zinedine Zidane 's side are currently second in the table, one point behind leaders Atletico Madrid, while Getafe occupy 15th position, just four points outside of the relegation zone.
sportsmole.co.uk
12 April 2021, 09:42
Preview: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid - prediction, team news
The Liverpool faithful will be praying that lightning strikes twice against Spanish opposition at Anfield this week when Real Madrid pay a visit for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash on Wednesday. Los Blancos travel to Merseyside boasting a 3-1 lead from the first leg in Madrid, where Vinicius Junior bagged a brace and Marco Asensio capitalised on a defensive error to put the visitors firmly in control.
sportsmole.co.uk
12 April 2021, 07:30
The best pictures from this weekend's sport
Rachel Blackmore made history as the first female jockey to win the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday aboard Minella Times, while Hideki Matsuyama became the first male Japanese player to claim a major championship with victory at the Masters. In the Premier League, Manchester United closed the gap at the top of the table after Mason Greenwood wrapped up a 3-1 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
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10 April 2021, 23:39
Real Madrid suffer injury scare ahead of Liverpool clash -
Real Madrid could potentially have to make do without versatile Spaniard Lucas Vazquez for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Liverpool. The 29-year-old has been deputising at right-back while Dani Carvajal remains sidelined with a thigh problem, but he lasted just 43 minutes of Saturday's El Clasico win before having to come off through injury.
sportsmole.co.uk
10 April 2021, 22:58
Ronald Koeman lashes out at referee after El Clasico defeat -
An angry Ronald Koeman criticised referee Gil Manzano after his Barcelona side were beaten 2-1 by rivals Real Madrid in a match which could have a huge bearing on LaLiga's title race. Madrid moved to the top of the table as first-half goals from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos proved decisive at a rain-sodden Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, with an Oscar Mingueza strike on the hour proving to be Barca's only reward for bossing possession.
sportsmole.co.uk
10 April 2021, 22:56
European roundup: Real take Clasico honours, Ibrahimovic sent
Real Madrid moved to the top of LaLiga as they edged out rivals Barcelona 2-1 in a tense edition of El Clasico. Though Barcelona bossed possession throughout the night, Madrid raced into a 2-0 lead as Karim Benzema struck early on and Toni Kroos ' deflected free-kick doubled the lead before the half-hour mark.
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10 April 2021, 21:36
Result: Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Los Blancos rise to summit
Real Madrid clung on for a 2-1 victory over Barcelona that sent them to the summit of LaLiga as Lionel Messi 's Clasico goal drought went on. First-half goals from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos put Zinedine Zidane 's side in control, and though Oscar Mingueza pulled one back on the hour mark, there was no goal for Messi - the top scorer in the history of El Clasico but now without a goal in his last seven matches against Real.
sportsmole.co.uk
5 April 2021, 14:03
Three key battles in Liverpool's Champions League tie with
Liverpool travel to Spain for their quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid on Tuesday night. The two sides will feature mouth-watering attack units and some makeshift defences due to injury, so there are hopes for an open contest at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Here the PA news agency takes a look at three key battles which should help determine the outcome.
sportsmole.co.uk
5 April 2021, 12:30
Real Madrid vs. Liverpool: Past meetings between the two
Two of European football's most recognisable names and most successful clubs go head to head in a mouth-watering Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday night as Real Madrid welcome Liverpool to the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. The two clubs have lifted Europe's biggest club prize a whopping 19 times between them, and a place in the semi-finals of the competition is on the line this time around.
sportsmole.co.uk
4 April 2021, 15:47
Combined XI: Real Madrid vs. Liverpool
Two of the most successful sides in the history of European football will lock horns on Tuesday evening as Real Madrid host Liverpool for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Madrid will enter the contest off the back of a 2-0 win over Eibar in La Liga on Saturday, which made it four straight victories for Zinedine Zidane 's side in all competitions.
sportsmole.co.uk
3 April 2021, 18:48
Paris Saint-Germain 'keen on summer deal for Vinicius Junior'
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior. The 20-year-old has been a regular for Los Blancos during the 2020-21 campaign, making 36 appearances in all competitions, contributing four goals and six assists in the process. The Brazilian has now been involved in Madrid's last 11 La Liga matches and has recently operated in a front two with Karim Benzema.
sportsmole.co.uk
3 April 2021, 18:37
Zinedine Zidane hails "spectacular" first half in
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane felt his side limbered up for a crucial week in fine fashion with a 2-0 win over Eibar. Goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema in each half wrapped up a routine victory. Real have climbed above Barcelona into second in LaLiga and lie three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
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3 April 2021, 16:28
Result: Real Madrid 2-0 Eibar: Benzema scores as Los Blancos
Real Madrid kept their LaLiga title challenge on track with a 2-0 home win over Eibar. Goals in each half from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema saw Real go above Barcelona into second, three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Lowly Eibar had the first opportunity when Pape Diop 's shot from outside the box was saved by Thibaut Courtois.
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1 April 2021, 18:41
Zinedine Zidane congratulates Real Madrid after "great
Zinedine Zidane felt Real Madrid produced a complete performance against Atalanta to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in three seasons. Los Blancos were already 1-0 up in the tie from the first leg in Italy and made Atalanta pay for missing early opportunities as they completed a 4-1 aggregate win.
sportsmole.co.uk
29 March 2021, 12:52
Preview: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. France - prediction, team
Bosnia-Herzegovina are fighting an uphill battle to end a 10-game winless run when they welcome reigning world champions France to Sarajevo for their second match of World Cup Qualifying in Group D. The hosts' inaugural game of qualification saw them play out a 2-2 draw with Finland, while France saw off Kazakhstan 2-0 to claim their first three points in Group D last time out.
sportsmole.co.uk
26 March 2021, 14:22
How Real Madrid could line up with Erling Braut Haaland -
Real Madrid are reportedly keen to bring Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland to the Bernabeu during this summer's transfer window. The 20-year-old has again been in excellent form for BVB during the 2020-21 campaign, scoring 33 times in 31 appearances in all competitions. A release clause in the forward's contract will not be active until next year, but Haaland has allegedly told his agent that he wants to seek pastures new in the upcoming market.
sportsmole.co.uk
22 March 2021, 21:59
How Real Madrid could line up if Juventus star Cristiano
Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing up a shock reunion with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal international won 15 trophies during his nine years at the Bernabeu, including an unprecedented three Champions League titles in a row. Ronaldo joined Juve in a £100m deal three years ago and has scored 95 goals during his 123 appearances for the Italian giants.
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22 March 2021, 18:00
Lionel Messi's greatest ever games for Barcelona - Sports
Lionel Messi wrote his name further into the Barcelona history books on Sunday when he made his record-breaking 768th appearance for the club. Fittingly, he stole the show as Barcelona hit Real Sociedad for six, scoring twice and creating another to mark the occasion in serious style. The Argentine's roll of honour in that time is far too long to list in full, but the headlines from his 768 games so far include some staggering numbers: 663 goals (more than anyone has ever scored for a single club in football history), 291 assists, 48 hat-tricks and 33 major trophies.
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20 March 2021, 23:44
European roundup: Benzema stars for Real, Lewandowski hits
Robert Lewandowski hit a first-half hat-trick as Bayern Munich overcame an early red card for Alphonso Davies to beat Stuttgart 4-0 and consolidate their lead at the top of the Bundesliga. RB Leipzig had kept the pressure up with a 1-0 win at Arminia Bielefeld on Friday night. Bayern were reduced to 10 men in the 12th minute when a studs-up challenge from 20-year-old Canadian Davies was changed from a caution to a red card following a VAR review.
sportsmole.co.uk
20 March 2021, 19:36
Zinedine Zidane questions Karim Benzema's omission from
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane questioned why Karim Benzema continues to be frozen out by France after the striker hit a brace in a LaLiga win at Celta Vigo. Benzema scored twice en route to a 3-1 victory - a 10th in a row for Los Blancos, who move second behind city rivals Atletico as a result. The forward opened the scoring by collecting a Toni Kroos pass and firing home, before the same pair combined to double the lead as Celta were caught in possession trying to play out from the back.
sportsmole.co.uk
20 March 2021, 17:40
Result: Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Benzema nets brace in
Karim Benzema 's fine run of form continued with a brace as Real Madrid won at Celta Vigo to move up to second place in LaLiga. Zinedine Zidane 's side needed to take advantage of playing a day before neighbours Atletico and rivals Barcelona. They did just that with a 3-1 victory at Abanca-Balaidos as Benzema struck twice, Santi Mina halving the arrears before Marco Asensio wrapped up the points late on.
sportsmole.co.uk
19 March 2021, 17:45
Zinedine Zidane congratulates Real Madrid after "great
Zinedine Zidane felt Real Madrid produced a complete performance against Atalanta to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in three seasons. Los Blancos were already 1-0 up in the tie from the first leg in Italy and made Atalanta pay for missing early opportunities as they completed a 4-1 aggregate win.
sportsmole.co.uk
18 March 2021, 11:45
How Real Madrid could line up against Celta Vigo - Sports
Real Madrid will continue their pursuit of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid with a clash against Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon. Zinedine Zidane 's side, who are currently third in the table, six points behind Atletico, will again be missing four players through injury this weekend, with Alvaro Odriozola, Mariano Diaz, Dani Carvajal and Eden Hazard all out.
sportsmole.co.uk
18 March 2021, 11:39
Preview: Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid - prediction, team news
Real Madrid will be looking to make it three victories in a row in all competitions when they continue their La Liga campaign away to Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon. Los Blancos are currently third in the table, six points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, while Celta occupy 10th position, having picked up 34 points from their 27 league games this term.
sportsmole.co.uk
18 March 2021, 10:09
Champions League Team of the Week - Lionel Messi, Erling
The quarter-finalists for the 2020-21 Champions League have been confirmed, with all three English clubs making it through the last 16 and Barcelona and Juventus among the high-profile teams to miss out. Barca failed to pull off a repeat of La Remontada in their second leg against Paris Saint-Germain as the glamour tie of the round ended 1-1 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate to the French giants.
sportsmole.co.uk
17 March 2021, 11:32
Real Madrid team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Celta Vigo
Real Madrid will be looking to extend their unbeaten record in all competitions to 10 matches when they face Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon. As well as reaching the Champions League quarter-finals with victory over Atalanta BC, Zinedine Zidane 's team also remain in contention for the La Liga title.
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16 March 2021, 23:31
Zinedine Zidane congratulates Real Madrid after "great
Zinedine Zidane felt Real Madrid produced a complete performance against Atalanta to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in three seasons. Los Blancos were already 1-0 up in the tie from the first leg in Italy and made Atalanta pay for missing early opportunities as they completed a 4-1 aggregate win.
sportsmole.co.uk
16 March 2021, 22:13
Result: Real Madrid 3-1 Atalanta: Los Blancos ease into
Real Madrid secured their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Atalanta. The LaLiga side had been 1-0 up from the first leg and, after the Italians missed a couple of early chances, Karim Benzema fired them ahead on the night in the 34th minute. A penalty from captain Sergio Ramos on the hour all but ended the tie, with Luis Muriel clipping in a fine free-kick to pull a goal back for Atalanta before substitute Marco Asensio wrapped things up late on.
sportsmole.co.uk
16 March 2021, 11:00
Karim Benzema open to new Real Madrid deal
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has acknowledged that he is interested in signing a new contract. The Frenchman has enjoyed a hugely successful period at the Bernabeu, scoring 259 goals and winning 18 trophies since his arrival in 2009. Benzema's contract is currently due to expire at the end of the 2021-22 campaign, a time when he will be six months short of his 35th birthday.
sportsmole.co.uk
15 March 2021, 22:40
Preview: Sevilla vs. Elche - prediction, team news, lineups -
Sevilla welcome Elche to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday in an important tie at both ends of the La Liga table. The hosts will be looking to record a second consecutive league victory to put pressure on the top three, while Elche sit just one point above the relegation zone, with this acting as both sides' game in hand on the teams around them.
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14 March 2021, 14:24
How Real Madrid could line up against Atalanta BC - Sports
Real Madrid will be aiming to advance to the last eight of the Champions League when they host Atalanta BC for the second leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday night. Los Blancos, who hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, will again be without the services of Dani Carvajal due to a hamstring problem, while key midfielder Casemiro is suspended courtesy of the yellow card that he picked up in the reverse match with Atalanta last month.
sportsmole.co.uk
14 March 2021, 14:23
Preview: Real Madrid vs. Atalanta BC - prediction, team news
Real Madrid will be looking to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they welcome Atalanta BC for the second leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday night. Los Blancos hold a slight advantage heading into the clash in Madrid, having recorded a 1-0 victory when the two teams met in the first leg on February 24, with Ferland Mendy netting late on for the Spanish club.
sportsmole.co.uk
13 March 2021, 23:14
European roundup: Atletico falter in title race, Benzema
Atletico Madrid missed the chance to go eight points clear at the top of the LaLiga table after they were held to a goalless draw at nearby Getafe, despite playing the last 20 minutes with an extra man following Allan Nyom 's dismissal. Instead, their rivals Real Madrid now sit six points behind them in second place after beating Elche 2-1, while Barcelona would close the gap to four if they win their game in hand against bottom club Huesca on Monday.
sportsmole.co.uk
13 March 2021, 19:47
Zinedine Zidane hails "brilliant" Karim Benzema
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane praised the patience of his side after Karim Benzema 's stoppage-time winner secured a 2-1 win over Elche and sent them second in LaLiga. Elche had taken the lead just after the hour when Dani Calvo headed in off the crossbar following a corner. Los Blancos, though, regrouped and equalised through a close-range header from Benzema in the 73rd minute.
sportsmole.co.uk
13 March 2021, 17:42
Result: Real Madrid 2-1 Elche: Karim Benzema spares Zidane's
Karim Benzema scored a late winner to complete a second-half brace as Real Madrid moved up to second in LaLiga with a 2-1 comeback victory at home to struggling Elche. The reigning LaLiga champions tried to stamp their authority early on as Raphael Varane fired Casemiro 's pass over the crossbar in the otherwise relatively-quiet opening exchanges at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.