16 years ago today: Karim Benzema celebrates his professional debut

Karim Benzema is one of the best center-forwards of the last decade. For a long time, the French attacker from Real Madrid was overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale – at least since the departure of “CR7”, the 33-year-old has silenced many critics.

Between 2014 and 2018, the 1.84m tall storm tank won the Champions League four times with the “Royal” – not a bad result for a non-national player. Benzema’s career, like many other French talents, began at Olympique Lyon.


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Benzema went through several youth departments of “OL” before he made the leap into the professional team in the 2004/05 season at the age of 17. On January 15, 2005, the striker made his Ligue 1 debut against FC Metz when he was substituted on twelve minutes before the end. Karim Benzema was even able to contribute an assist in this game and thus consolidated Lyon’s 2-0 victory.

In the summer of 2009, I went abroad. Benzema joined Real Madrid for 35 million euros. Together with Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Cristiano Ronaldo, he should usher in a new era of the “galactic”. Benzema has now played over 500 competitive games for Real and has been an absolute top performer for the capital city for more than ten years. So far in his career he has won 28 club trophies and four individual awards.

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