The various calls launched by some former internationals, his former agent and even Marca, the day after the last blow of the Madrid striker, should not be enough. Discarded from the Blues since 2015 and his indictment in the sextape blackmail case against Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema will not be on the list of 23 players – and even if they are 26 – selected by Didier Deschamps for the next Euro.
After Euro 2016 at home and the World Cup in Russia, Euro 2021 will be the third competition Karim Benzema will miss. And this while the former Lyonnais is on a cloud, as Zinedine Zidane said after the match against Chelsea on Tuesday. KB9 is nothing less than the second best scorer in La Liga, emerges in the Top 10 of the best European scorers and his name is already mentioned on the other side of the Pyrenees among the favorites at the next Ballon d’Or.
Before him, Eric Cantona …
If Karim Benzema is not the first French star to be deprived of the Blues, he is clearly the greatest player to be banned from the selection. In this regard, he surpasses Eric Cantona, deprived of Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup when he had become the king of Manchester. The Marseillais was not the only French Premier League star to be shunned by Aimé Jacquet. The same was true of David Ginola, at the top of his game with Tottenham and voted best player in the English league in 1997.
For the rest, the absence of Ludovic Giuly at the 2006 World Cup could also surprise, the FC Barcelona striker delivering a full season with the Catalan club crowned with a coronation in the Champions League. But again, the former Monegasque did not have the dimension of the Madrid striker. And it was the same for David Trezeguet when he was not selected for Euro 2008.
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