Karim Benzema is a French professional footballer who represents the national team and the La Liga club Real Madrid. He recently retired from International Football but will be playing senior club football. The star striker has scored 360 goals in 727 club matches, while for the national team, he has scored 37 goals in 97 matches. He was signed by Madrid in 2009 and since then, he stayed with the club. Prior to joining Real Madrid, he played for Lyon in the Ligue 1 tournament. Karim Benzema has won the ballon d’Or last year after his outstanding performance in the club as well as International matches. This article focuses on Karim Benzema religion and his nationality.
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Karim Benzema Religion
Karim Benzema is a practicing Muslim. “My faith helps me to be focused every day. It brings me benefits and it’s my strength for me, my family, as well as for my work- for literally everything,” he once said. He observes fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
Karim Benzema Nationality
Karim Mostafa Benzema was born and raised in Lyon, France. He is of Algerian descent as his grandfather, Da Lakehal Benzema, lived in Tigzirt village in Algeria and migrated later to Lyon and settled there in the 1950s’. Both of Benzena’s parents came from Algeria. While his father, Hafid was born in Tigzirt, his mother was born and raised in Lyon.
There have been controversies related to his playing for France’s national team. For him, Algeria is in his heart because his parents are from that country. But, “France, on the other hand…it’s more of a sport thing, that’s it,” he had said. Many criticized him for this comment. Benzema even refused to sing France’s national anthem, “La Marseillaise”, before every match with the national team. He holds French nationality. ALSO READ: Olivier Giroud Age, Height, Religion, Family, Salary, Net Worth, and Stats
Karim Benzema News
There has been a buzz about Karim Benzema’s return to the France squad for the final of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 against Argentina (which will take place on Sunday, December 18). The Real Madrid forward had suffered a thigh injury just a day before the tournament.
Although he is wholly recovered, rumors started spreading about his return. But he quashed the rumors in a cryptic Instagram post saying, “I’m not interested.”
This he posted after French head coach Didier Deschamps brushed a question aside related to Benzema aside, saying, “I don’t want to answer you. It’s a stupid question.” Reportedly, Benzema wasn’t happy to be sent back after his injury, and also didn’t like the boss’ comments.
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