Football star Karim Benzema bids farewell

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 04: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring the team's first goal from a penalty kick during the LaLiga Santander match between Real Madrid CF and Athletic Club at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on June 04, 2023 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Karim Benzema’s Departure from Real Madrid Sparks Rumors of a Saudi Arabian Move

In a significant turn of events, the highly talented French football player, Karim Benzema, bid both a fond and bittersweet farewell to his illustrious career at Real Madrid. However, the footballing world is now buzzing with rumors that he may be embarking on an exciting new chapter, following in the footsteps of the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo and heading to Saudi Arabia.

According to the state-run Ekhbariya news agency of Saudi Arabia, Benzema and the esteemed Al Ittihad club have come to a mutually beneficial agreement. They have reportedly sealed a highly lucrative two-season contract, with rumors suggesting its value exceeds a staggering 100 million euros ($107.05 million).

Fabrizio Romano Confirms: Karim Benzema Set to Join Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabian League

News of this development quickly spread like wildfire, captivating the attention of renowned Italian soccer journalist, Fabrizio Romano, whose massive Twitter following of 15 million eagerly awaited his updates. Romano confirmed the thrilling news, announcing that Benzema has been invited to Saudi Arabia next week to commence preparations for his role as the newest shining star in the Arabian league with Al Ittihad.

The official announcement, eagerly anticipated by fans and enthusiasts alike, is expected to take place next week, potentially on Wednesday, if all the necessary pieces fall into place, as Romano revealed in his tweet.

The departure of Benzema from Real Madrid marks the end of an era, leaving behind an indelible legacy. Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, hailed him as a “complete player.” In his final game, the Ballon d’Or winner showcased his exceptional skills one last time by finding the back of the net. Recognizing his incredible contributions, Real Madrid bid farewell to Benzema, referring to him as “one of our greatest legends” in a heartfelt statement.

When Benzema joined Real Madrid at the tender age of 21 in 2009, little did anyone know of the extraordinary journey that awaited him in Spain. Over the years, he accumulated an impressive collection of 25 trophies, setting a club record. Among his remarkable achievements are five European Cups, five league titles, and five Club World Cups.

Benzema’s Arrival Triggers Speculation of Messi’s Move to Al Hilal

Benzema’s potential move to Saudi Arabia sets the stage for a wave of established stars to flock to the Saudi Pro League, with Cristiano Ronaldo already making his mark at Al Nassr. Moreover, rumors are swirling that Lionel Messi, the Argentine maestro and Saudi Arabia’s tourism ambassador since 2022, is preparing to sign a deal with the revered Al Hilal club.

In a recent interview with the Saudi Pro League, Ronaldo expressed contentment with life in Saudi Arabia and warmly encouraged other players to join him. The 38-year-old Portuguese icon solidified his status as the world’s highest-paid soccer player earlier this year by signing a lucrative two-and-a-half-year contract with Al Nassr, estimated to earn him a staggering $200 million annually, according to Saudi state-owned media.

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