His word is rare. But his talent transcends all lovers of football. Sixth-place scorer of the glorious White House history and French longevity record holder in the Spanish capital, Karim Benzema is a Real Madrid monument. Guest of Yan Barthès' Quotidien show on TMC on Thursday night, the French striker talked about his season at Real, his relationship with Zinédine Zidane and his relationship with the France team.
"I would have liked to be at the World Cup"
Clarity of the Blues since October 2015, the striker of Real Madrid was not the tricolor in Russia in July. The man with 81 selections and 27 goals in the France team came back to this event: "I would have liked to be at the World Cup," he said. "Real Madrid and France are the two things I play football for. Today, the Blues have a group, a new generation, new players and they are world champions. It's like that football. "
The French striker also spoke about his relationship with his coach Zinédine Zidane: "I have a very strong relationship with him. It's like a big brother for me. We talk a lot about football and football. He helped me a lot. I have a lot of respect for him "before adding," we sometimes get bored when I do not do what he asks on the ground ". Winner of 4 Champions League, 2 Spanish league titles and 4 French league titles, the 31-year-old striker has clarified his role in the club: "We can say that I am the leader at Real Madrid . But it is above all the work of a team, not that of a player. A very good striker should not just score. He must know how to participate in the game, open spaces, help his team, make the right moves and obviously be present in key moments. His strongest memory? The treble of Real in the Champions League: "It's historic! I think it will be hard to do again.
An extraordinary season
While Real Madrid will finish the season without a title, Karim Benzema could get new personal bests. Author of 30 goals in 47 games this season (second best scorer of Liga behind Messi), Karim Benzema realizes one of his best seasons in the jersey of Real Madrid. 21 in the league, 4 in the Champions League, 4 in the Spanish Cup and 1 in the UEFA Super Cup. Enough to convince Zinedine Zidane to bet on him again next season, at a time when his contract runs until 2021.
More in the light since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus Turin last summer, the French has also put in the pocket a Santiago Bernabeu now acquired to his cause. For a long part of his career in Madrid, Karim Benzema had to live in the shadow of the Portuguese star, in whose service he put himself for the good of the club. Since then, CR7 has left a leading position of attack to seize. And the French striker answered this! A day before the end of the championship, his statistics may allow him to equal or exceed his record of goals scored in one season: 32 goals in the 2011/2012 season. One thing is certain: he is undeniably one of the top scorers in the club's history.