The French team entered the FIFA World Cup-2022 played in Qatar as the current winner and also reached the finals, but lost to Argentina in the title match. A day after this defeat, French star Karim Benzema has indicated his retirement from international football. benzema though […]
Karim Benzema hints at retirement. (AFP photo)
The French team entered the FIFA World Cup-2022 played in Qatar as the current winner and also reached the finals, but lost to Argentina in the title match. A day after this defeat, French star Karim Benzema has indicated his retirement from international football. Benzema, however, could not be a part of France’s World Cup campaign.
He had announced to withdraw his name even before the first match of the tournament due to a thigh injury. The 35-year-old Benzema wrote on Twitter, “I have tried and made mistakes to reach where I am and I am proud of it. I wrote my story and our end.”
— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) December 19, 2022
career like this
Benzema is at number five in the list of players with the most goals for France. He participated in the Euro Cup played in 2008 and 2012 for the national team. He also played in the 2014 World Cup. Although he could not play the World Cup in 2010 because he did not get a place in the team. In 2015, coach Didier Deschamps kept him out of the team for five years after he got involved in an off-field scandal.
For this reason, he could not participate in the final of the Euro Cup-2016 played in France and the FIFA World Cup played in Russia in 2018. France won the World Cup in 2018. He was called back to the team in 2021 and took part in the Euro Cup. He scored four goals in this tournament. However, the team was out of round-16.
Won this award for the first time
Benzema was definitely absent at the international level for a long time but he was making a splash in club football. He plays for Spain’s legendary club Real Madrid and won the Champions League with this club. Apart from this, the 2022 Spanish League La Liga title was also won. On the basis of his performance, he was successful in winning the Ballon d’Or, the biggest award in the world of football.