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.