Karim Benzema has officially left France's national soccer team, following his country's defeat in the FIFA World Cup final against Argentina on penalties. Benzema announced his decision through social media: "I made the necessary efforts and mistakes to get where I am today and I'm proud of it.
I wrote my story and ours ends here." Benzema leaves the French national team after many problems. For five years, between 2015 and 2021, the Real striker was never called up to the national team due to the sextape case. Benzema was involved in a case of extortion against his national teammate, Mathieu Valbuena, for a video that featured him together with his girlfriend and then ended up in the wrong hands.
Benzema only returned before last year's European Championships.
J’ai fait les efforts et les erreurs qu’il fallait pour être là où je suis aujourd’hui et j’en suis fier !
J’ai écrit mon histoire et la nôtre prend fin.
Karim Benzema's career
Benzema grew up in the youth academy of Olympique Lyonnais, where he made his first-team debut in 2004 and established himself, winning four consecutive French championships, two French Super Cups and a French Cup.
Moving to Real Madrid in 2009, he established himself as one of the best strikers of his generation. With the Spanish he enriched his palmarès, winning four league titles, two Copa del Rey, four Spanish Super Cups, five UEFA Champions Leagues, four UEFA Super Cups and four Club World Cups.
In 2004 he won the European category championship with the French Under-17 national team. With the senior national team, in which he made his debut in 2007, he played in three European championships and one world championship.
Individually, he won the Ballon d'Or in 2022, becoming the fifth Frenchman to win the accolade. In addition, he was named UEFA Player of the Year once and French Footballer of the Year four times, as well as winning the Trofeo Bravo in 2008 and the Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano in 2020.
He was top scorer in Ligue 1, La Liga and of the UEFA Champions League. With 31 official trophies won for club and country, he is the most successful French player, as well as France's top goalscorer in UEFA club competitions and the Spanish league.