The great transformation of Karim Benzema

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The great transformation of Karim Benzema

Real Madrid fans had no idea in 2009 how much Karim Benzema would get under their skin, what kind of stamp he would leave at the Santiago Bernabeu. Those on whose scanner he was from the first day witnessed the transformation of the French goal scorer, an incredible transformation during Karim Benzema's 12-year stay in the Spanish capital.

From supporting actor to leading role. He was often critized. Karim Benzema went through various stages from the first to the 200th jubilee goal in the Blancos jersey. And the jubilee and premiere goal binds the Santiago Bernabeu.

Xerez was the first victim on September 20, 2009, and on September 22, Mallorca had the honor of the Frenchman packing his 200th goal for Real Madrid. The photos of the beardless young man who arrived from Lyon for 35,000,000 euros and these are practically incompatible today.

Once a scared guy far from home in a sea of ​​stars and club legends, and now the first name of Real Madrid. A trademark of the European giant and someone without whom it is difficult to imagine the Royal Club. There is no need to talk about physical transformation and everything from private life during the long 12 years at the Santiago Bernabeu - and the Frenchman's stay will last, because he has two more seasons.

It is enough to just focus on the field, the players who paraded, those who left the club… With whom did he form an attacking tandem upon his arrival at the club, and who keeps his back in the attack today.

Van Nistelrooy

It probably sounds incredible, but with Benzema's first goal in the Primera, his attacking partner was Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Today, the tandem in Real Madrid consists of Benzema and Vinicius, who is more than twice younger than the former Dutch ace. Until the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, no one could imagine Karim Benzema as a leader. Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and many others were in the front in the hierarchy.

The Frenchman waited a moment to fight for his place under the sun in Madrid and it finally happens. Although he is not officially the first captain of the Royal Club, in fact he is. Marcelo is far from the prime, he is more on the bench and in the stands than on the field, so Karim Benzema is the one on whose arm the captain's armband usually rests.

He changed partners in the attack, he also changed numbers. Upon arriving at the club, he wore 11 as part of the "week for Ronaldo" plan. The Portuguese had to temporarily take a nine until club legend Raul left the club.

When that happened, Cristiano Ronaldo took the number 7, and Karim Benzema his nine. He was often challenged, many argued that he was not worthy to wear a nine at Real Madrid. Now it’s a long time ago and all those who have said it just bow their heads when storry about Benzema appear.