At the top of his game with Real Madrid, Karim Benzema is praised by Jean-Pierre Papin.
Karim Benzema is he the best French striker of all time, as claimed by his coach Zinedine Zidane ? The team rightly asked former glories of the France team to compare the striker of real Madrid, exceptional for many years with the Merengues, with in particular the 98 world champion Thierry Henry, top scorer in the history of Arsenal and the Blues.
“In the service of Cristiano Ronaldo”
Jean-Pierre Papin adores “KB9”: “ Karim Benzema is the best of his generation, and by far, compared to his game, very complete. I like his finish, his way of participating in the actions of his team, in their creation. He is not only there to score goals, he is there to bring the offensive animation of his training to life. His longevity at Real Madrid is unheard of. In such a club, where it is not easy to stay or settle down, he arrived, he imposed himself when he was in competition with very great players. He has evolved his style by putting himself at the service of Cristiano Ronaldo, it may seem simple, but he had the merit of curbing his pure goals as a scorer to create harmony with such a star, over time. “.
In his top 3 French scorers, “JPP”, crowned Ballon d’Or in 1991, came second ahead of Benzema. He votes for Bernard Lacombe in 1. The goalscorer for OL in the 70s and Bordeaux in the 80s also gives his opinion on Benzema, for whom he was a mentor with Les Gones: ” I just had it on the phone this morning! I told him: “You know, Karim, you don’t realize what you’re doing at the biggest club in the world. This is the pinnacle… ” I’ve always believed in him, but imagining him getting to where he ended up, and still being so strong, at 33, it’s very strong “.
In the history of Real
Removed from the France team of Didier Deschamps since the sextape affair in the fall of 2015, Karim Benzema wrote his legend in the jersey of Real. In addition to 3 Spanish league titles, he has won the Champions League 4 times, is the 5e top scorer in the history of Casa Blanca and is the best passer in the history of the Madrid club.
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