Karim Benzema retires from international football

In the aftermath of France’s defeat to Argentina in the 2022 World Cup final, Karim Benzema, has called time on his international career.

While the consensus GOAT, Lionel Messi, finally realised his dream, the reigning Ballon d’Or champion resided himself to the reality that his day in the sun is never going to come.

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In recent years, Benzema has solidified his position among the best players to ever lace up to the boots. But his antics away from the pitch have cost him the opportunity to lift the greatest trophy in sport.

In 2018, while his teammates Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba celebrated becoming world champions, Benzema had to take on the role of spectator. His blackmailing scandal surrounding Mathieu Valbuena, meant he couldn’t play for his country for six whole years. And ultimately, it’s this that has cost him from putting the cherry on top of a fantastic career.

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Karim Benzema announces the news via Twitter

Feeling the emotions of the match, the French forward took to social media to confirm his decision.

He tweeted: “I made the effort and the mistakes it took to be where I am today, and I’m proud of it! I have written my story, and ours is ending. #Nueve

Throughout his time for France, the 35-year-old scored an impressive 37 goals in 97 caps. And with his career winding down, he’ll hope to conquer La Liga and the Champions League once more, before finally hanging up the boots for good.

In response to the message, Madrid replied with a clapping emoji and a French flag, while FIFA’s World Cup page posted: “Merci, Benzema.”

Featured Image Credit: Karim Benzema