Karim Benzema confided, this weekend on Canal +, to have always believed in his return to the France team. The Real Madrid striker also explained that he took advantage of his sidelining to shine in Spain.
And if it was him… As well in selection as with Real Madrid, Karim Benzema impressed and is now one of the big favorites for the Golden Ball. Author of a canon start to the season in La Liga and in sparkling form in the Final 4 of the League of Nations, the striker manages to make people forget his five years of absence from the France team. Asked by Canal +, the Frenchman confirmed having used his ban to shine in a club.
“In fact, I focused so much on my club. I never let go of the idea of one day returning to the France team, explained the 33-year-old striker. It was always in my head.”
“There was a double motivation”
A bad for a good. This is how Karim Benzema took his exclusion from the France team for nearly five years for extra-sporting reasons related to the Mathieu Valbuena sex-tape affair.
During his absence with the Blues, the striker trained at OL guided Real to valuable success in the Champions League under the orders of Zinedine Zidane. A level of performance such that his return to the selection finally aroused great expectation among the French supporters, eager to see him play as well as in the club.
Back in the tricolor jersey at the last Euro, the striker immediately made himself indispensable with performances at the height of those achieved with his club Real Madrid.
“This is what also allowed me to perform well in a club, assured Karim Benzema. Even if I have my motivation in the club, there was a double motivation. At the beginning it was difficult (to see internationals, editor’s note) but after that allowed me to rest and perform well during the weekend with my club. “