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League: Karim Benzema scores his 354th and final goal in a Real Madrid shirt and receives a standing ovation

Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema left the Santiago Bernabéu stadium to applause, where he played his last match in a merengue shirt just after scoring a penalty against Athletic Bilbao (his 354th goal for his club) on this Sunday during the 38th and final day of the championship. Spanish Championship. The Frenchman equalized in the 72nd minute with the Basques before being replaced two minutes later by Luka Modric, allowing the Madrid crowd to cheer for one of the top scorers in the club’s history.

At the exit, the striker was greeted by his teammates, then by the entire Madrid bench, passing by hugging their coach Carlo Ancelotti. After fourteen years in the mythical white jersey, Benzema, aged 35, will embark on new adventures, perhaps in Saudi Arabia, where, according to Saudi state television, the Al-Ittihad club gave him a “golden bridge”. Real Madrid are second in La Liga behind Barcelona.

The statistics left by Karim Benzema are exceptional. Arriving at Merengue at the age of 21 from the OL, the Frenchman has won a whopping 25 trophies in fourteen seasons: five Champions Leagues in total, four Spanish Championships and three Copa del Rey. Along with Marcelo, Benzema is Real Madrid’s most successful foreign player, yet has seen some of the world’s greatest footballers, Di Stefano, Puskas, Kopa, Cristiano Ronaldo and more, pass through his ranks over the years. Zidane .

Benzema, who has steadily improved over the years, ended last season as the best of his Madrid seasons, with 44 goals and 14 assists in 46 games. A season awarded with the 2022 Ballon d’Or as a climax. Wearing the captain’s armband from 2021, the Frenchman will play 648 games, score 354 goals and provide 165 assists.

Source: Le Parisien

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