In a great interview with La Galerna, former Argentine international Jorge Valdano, former director general of Real Madrid, explained the transformation that Karim Benzema has carried out in recent years, at a time when the name of the French striker appears as one of the possibilities to win the Golden Ball .
“He’s an ace and won a lot of things in his game. For example, against Belgium there were a couple of ball disputes with opponents in which he entered with a will that was unknown to him and fans wonder where he got this from.
– Professionalism improved a lot, Benzema played with Cristiano Ronaldo, the super professional of excellence. And Cristiano, who likes him a lot, called him and told him “boy, what are you doing is not enough for you to play for Real Madrid”. Benzema learned from this advice and Cristiano’s departure was important for him, it forced him to assume a greater protagonist role», pointed out Valdano.
After five seasons in Lyon’s senior team, Karim Benzema moved to the Santiago Bernabéu in the summer of 2009 (like Cristiano Ronaldo). Since then, the 33-year-old Frenchman has scored 289 goals and 151 assists in 569 games for the whites.