101 Facts About Karim Benzema

1. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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2. Since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema has stepped into the Portuguese's shoes as the focal point of Real Madrid attacks.

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3. Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema have often been the game changers in El Clasico down the years.

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4. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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5. Karim Benzema has already come up against Barca on 32 previous occasions in his career, including three times as a Lyon player.

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6. Karim Benzema is expected to lead the line for Madrid in Catalonia in midweek, so with that in mind Sports Mole looks at the Frenchman's goalscoring figures against Barcelona.

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7. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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8. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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9. Karim Benzema was 21 when he arrived in Madrid, so he understands what Vinicius Junior, Dani Ceballos, Alvaro Odriozola and Sergio Reguilon are currently going through.

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10. Karim Benzema has entered his tenth year at the Bernabeu in fine form.

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11. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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12. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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13. Karim Benzema netted his sixth goal in four games as Real Madrid continued their winning ways against Alaves.

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14. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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15. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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16. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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17. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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18. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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19. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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20. Karim Benzema finished the exchange by burying a shot past Girona keeper Gorka Iraizoz in the 27th minute.

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21. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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22. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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23. Karim Benzema was then on target again two minutes before half-time.

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24. Karim Benzema took one touch and curled it low, inside the far post.

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25. Karim Benzema scored his first goal on Thursday in the 27th minute with a left-foot shot from inside the area after a pass by Dani Carvajal, then added his second in the 43rd with a curling low shot from close range after being set up by Vinicius Junior.

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26. Karim Benzema continued his scoring form by finding the net twice in the first half at Montilivi Stadium.

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27. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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28. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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29. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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30. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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31. Karim Benzema got Madrid going when he put in the rebound of a save by goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who had parried Luka Modric's strike after Espanyol's defense backpedaled as the midfielder dribbled into the area.

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32. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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33. Karim Benzema has become the most important player at Real Madrid.

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34. Karim Benzema is the headline name in this week's FUT Team of the Week.

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35. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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36. Karim Benzema has outdone all big stars of El Classico by scoring the fastest goal in the history of the fixture.

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37. Karim Benzema has scored the fastest goal in the history of El Clasico.

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38. In 2010, long before Karim Benzema was arrested for blackmailing national teammate Mathieu Valbuena, he had already been confronted by the legal authorities for a different issue.

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39. Karim Benzema once said that Sabri was going to a better player than he himself was.

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40. Karim Benzema started his footballing career at his hometown club of Bron Terraillon when he was just 8 years old.

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41. Karim Benzema had many problems interacting with other children given his Algerian origin which he felt was discriminating.

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42. Karim Benzema was born on 19th December 1987 by Hafid Benzema in the city of Lyon, France by and Wahida Djebbara (mother).

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43. Karim Benzema has won four times Championship league, two times Spanish Cup, two times Spanish Super Cup, and many more.

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44. Karim Benzema started to serve his national team from a young age and started from Under-17 level.

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45. Karim Benzema signed a new five year deal for Real Madrid on August 6, 2014.

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46. Karim Benzema debuted championship league from Real Madrid on September 30, 2009.

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47. Karim Benzema debuted in a pre-season friendly match with the Irish club, Shamrock Rovers, on July 20, 2009.

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48. Karim Benzema was offered by the Spanish professional football club, Real Madrid.

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49. Karim Benzema is a French professional football player and he is currently playing as a striker for the Spanish professional football club Real Madrid and for the French national football team.

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50. Karim Benzema is currently enjoying his relationship with Cora Gauthier since 2016.

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51. Karim Benzema brings it inside and Bale slots it home after winning it in the middle.

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52. Karim Benzema looks back to his very best as Real Madrid swept Espanyol aside for their third victory in LaLiga in a row and back into third spot after Sevilla nicked it off them with their win on Saturday afternoon.

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53. Karim Benzema has failed to make the grade at Real Madrid in the past few seasons and has found himself in the firing line owing to the same.

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54. Karim Benzema is occupying the fourth spot in the list of all-time top-scorers in the Champions League; only behind the two extraterrestrials, and club legend, Raul Gonzalez.

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55. Karim Benzema bagged a brace, while Sergio Ramos and substitute Gareth Bale  scored to move Los Blancos above Sevilla.

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56. Karim Benzema responded on 1 June 2016 in Marca, in an interview entitled 'Benzema: "Deschamps folded due to pressure from France's racist element"'.

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57. Karim Benzema assisted the team's second goal when his shot rebounded off the post and was fumbled over the goal-line by Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares for an own goal, the first World Cup goal given by goal-line technology.

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58. On 11 October 2013, Karim Benzema scored his first goal for the France national team since June 2012 in a friendly against Australia, thus ending a scoring drought for his national team which had lasted 1,222 minutes.

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59. Karim Benzema started the match, but was substituted out for Nasri in the second half after a frustrating performance.

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60. Karim Benzema was called up for the first time to the senior national team by Raymond Domenech on 9 November 2006 for the team's friendly match against Greece that would be played on 15 November.

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61. Karim Benzema featured in qualification matches for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and appeared as a starter and substitute in the first leg and second leg, respectively, of the team's surprising defeat to Israel in the qualifying playoffs.

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62. Karim Benzema started the match and was replaced at half-time by Yoann Gourcuff.

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63. Karim Benzema made his debut with the team at a local tournament in the Czech Republic.

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64. Karim Benzema was the last of the four to make his youth international debut under coach Philippe Bergeroo and officially joined the team ahead of the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Championship that was played on home soil.

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65. Karim Benzema is a member of the group, commonly known in France as the Generation 1987, a youth class that produced current internationals Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Samir Nasri, alongside himself.

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66. On 20 September 2017, Karim Benzema signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2021.

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67. Karim Benzema became only the second French player based in Spain to win the award, and the second Real Madrid player to capture it.

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68. In November 2011, Karim Benzema scored five goals; three in the league and two in Europe.

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69. Karim Benzema turned provider for the second consecutive match assisting on a goal by Sami Khedira.

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70. Karim Benzema assisted on the opener, which was scored by Ronaldo.

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71. The day after the match against Almeria, Karim Benzema responded to the criticism by stating, "I am totally integrated and very happy at Real Madrid", and, "Yes, I have improved my adaptation.

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72. Karim Benzema was defended by his compatriot Zinedine Zidane, who admitted "after two months, I was criticized" and that Benzema was "a talented player and talented players in Madrid must win".

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73. Karim Benzema was even declared the "new Anelka" by a Spanish newspaper Marca blogger, referring to former Real Madrid striker Nicolas Anelka who had a tumultuous year at the club before being sold.

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74. Karim Benzema was nominated alongside Franck Ribery to be featured on the French cover of the video game FIFA 09.

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75. Karim Benzema was shortlisted by French magazine France Football for the 2008 Ballon d'Or award, eventually won by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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76. On 13 March 2008, Karim Benzema extended his contract with Lyon until 2013 with a one-year extension option.

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77. Karim Benzema finished the campaign with six appearances as Lyon won its fourth-straight league title.

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78. Karim Benzema would subsequently sign his first professional contract, agreeing to a three-year deal.

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79. Karim Benzema began his football career at his hometown club Bron Terraillon SC at the age of eight.

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80. Karim Benzema was born in the city of Lyon and began his football career with local club Bron Terraillon.

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81. Karim Benzema was the star of the game again, shining against Celta de Vigo in a tough and violent match.

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82. Karim Benzema has reportedly turned down a chance to join AC Milan in favour of staying with Real Madrid, but the Italian giants remain highly interested in the French striker.

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83. Karim Benzema strikes again as Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo in tough La Liga showdown.

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84. Karim Benzema is back: His vertical and daring Lyon game returns.

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85. Karim Benzema has been key since Solari took over from the fired Julen Lopetegui two weeks ago and.

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86. Karim Benzema scored a goal and forced an own-goal in Real Madrid's win over Celta Vigo, marking a fourth successive victory for Los Blancos.

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87. Karim Benzema was in inspired form for Los Blancos, scoring his side's first after 23 minutes with a composed finish and then forcing Gustavo Cabral into an unfortunate own goal 11 minutes into the second half.

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88. Karim Benzema gave the visitors the lead in the 23rd minute and a Gustavo Cabral own goal near the hour mark sealed the points.

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89. Karim Benzema stars as Real Madrid maintain winning run under Santiago Solari.

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90. Karim Benzema starred for the Los Blancos to close the gap on leaders Barcelona—who suffered a shock home defeat against Real Betis.

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91. Karim Benzema was left celebrating a new Real Madrid landmark on Wednesday as he scored his 200th goal for the Spanish giants against Viktoria Plzen.

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92. Karim Benzema scores 200th Real Madrid goal with Viktoria Plzen strike.

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93. Karim Benzema has scored his 200th goal for Real Madrid.

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94. Karim Benzema says that Real Madrid caretaker manager Santiago Solari should remain in charge of Los Blancos for the rest of the season.

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95. Karim Benzema is without a goal in eight LaLiga games, but Real Madrid caretaker coach Santiago Solari praised the forward.

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96. Karim Benzema opened the scoreline in the 28th minute, after which Marco Asensio added another during stoppage time of the first half.

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97. Karim Benzema has scored in the four competitions he has played in this season, making him top scorer for Real Madrid so far this season, with 7 goals.

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98. Karim Benzema is the third youngest in the family and grew up with eight other siblings in Bron, an eastern suburb of Lyon.

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99. Karim Benzema was born in the city of Lyon, France to French nationals of Algerian descent.

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100. On 6 June 2014, Karim Benzema was named in France's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making his debut in the tournament.

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101. Karim Benzema made his debut in the competition on 9 June 2008 in the team's opening match against Romania.

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