Karim Benzema was born on 20th of December, 1987 in Lyon to Algerian parents. He was raised with nine siblings in a close by town of Bron. Currently he plays for the French national team as well as Real Madrid, a Spanish La Liga team. His position in the field of play is striking and he is immensely talented with technical ability and has the ability to score powerful goals from dangerous positions from inside and outside the box.
He began his foot balling career in a local club called Bron Terraillon. After that in 1996 he signed for the largest club in Lyon, the Olympique Lyonnais and graduated from the youth academy of the club. His first professional appearance was in the 2004-05 spell and periodically appeared for the team in the first three seasons and also winning three titles with them. During the 2007-08 seasons, he had a wonderful time scoring almost 30 goals for his club, Lyon as they won their seventh straight league title. He was the highest goal scorer in this season. Because of his amazing performance during the season he was named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year.
Benzema formerly used to be a French youth international and even has represented his country in the U-17 level. Before playing at the senior level, he played at the Under-17 level and even won the UEFA European Award in 2004 under the U-17 Football Championship. He also made his debut in the senior team in March 2007 against Austria in a friendly game. In this match he scored a goal which was his first goal for the national team as the French team cruised in a one goal win. He also represented his country in the UEFA Euro 2008 and made two appearances in the tournament for France against Italy and Romania at the group stage.
Benzema in Real Madrid
An agreement was reached between Real Madrid and Olympique Lyonnais for Karim Benzema on July 1st, 2009. The transfer price was about 35 million Euros and on July 9 after Benzema had successfully passed a medical checked, he penned down a six year contract with the Spanish sporting Giant Real Madrid. Later that night he was presented at the Real Madrid home stadium to lots of fans. During the pre-seasons he scored the only goal for Madrid after coming on as a substitute in the 87th minute and netted two more goals for his club in a victory over Rosenborg, a Norwegian club at a friendly competition organized for Santiago Bernabeu Trophy.
He finally made his first appearance for the Madrid in August 29th against Deportivo La Coruna. In the next seasons it was however very slow for Benzema and he was majorly made use of as a substitute in the early season. As a result of Higuain Gonzalo’s injury he was promoted from the bench since the club lacked another striker.
He has helped the Spanish side Madrid to win the Copa Del Rey Match which they played Barcelona on the finals. He has scored several mind blowing goals for the Spanish outfit.