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Karim Benzema, trust reigns

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"If you do not have a dog to go hunting but a cat, you go with a cat. " At the time when José Mourinho won big trophies, he was already living on his formulas. This day of December 2010, he had destroyed Karim Benzema, his titular attacker, compared to a harmless cat. In ten years at Real Madrid, the French will have had seven lives, and the current is probably the best: Karim Benzema is the most valuable player of the largest club in the world, receiving Tuesday evening November 26 Paris-Saint -Germain at the Santiago-Bernabeu stadium.

The exit of the international truce allows to finish with the dispensable debates on his presence in team of France, awkwardly revived by the president of the Federation, Christmas Le Graët, who declared November 16 "the adventure France ended" for the Real Madrid striker. This in response to Zinédine Zidane's words in a press conference: "It's just the best, anyway. So yes, he has his place in the France team, that's for sure. After, the rest, we do not control. "

That was saying the obvious – Zidane rarely said anything else. Karim Benzema, 31 years old, is the best French player of his generation, since he is, good year after year, holder in the attack of Real Madrid for the tenth season and that the competitors who put him in the legs – Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata – have all left the "white house".

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Figures finally plead for him

"He's one of the most underrated players in the world, Considered Thomas Tuchel, the coach of PSG, before the first leg won 3-0 by his players. He is number nine Real Madrid for twenty-five years! There are other attackers coming, but who plays? It's always Karim Benzema. It's the world class. "

For a year, Spain seems to have rediscovered it, but how could he blame him? Benzema himself says he reinvented himself. The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo for Juventus Turin, in the summer of 2018, was to leave a chasm. Number 9 has almost filled it, in a style different from the Portuguese, but almost as effective, which makes tell his new partner Eden Hazard that he is "The best striker in the world". As if we had to constantly remind ourselves of its legitimacy.

"Obviously, there was a doubt, and today everyone laughs, says the reporter from Marca Pablo Polo, who follows the French since his arrival in Madrid. In Spain, everyone took the Benzema train on board when there were not many people on board, before … "

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