Karim Benzema leaves Real Madrid after 14 years
Karim Benzema will leave Real Madrid after 14 years at the club. The Ballon d'Or-winning striker, who joined the Spanish giants from Lyon in 2009, will leave at the end of the season.
Benzema, who had a year left on his contract, is set to move to Saudi Arabia after receiving an offer from Al-Ittihad. Saudi state television Al Ekhbariya reported on Sunday that Benzema will sign a two-year deal with Al-Ittihad.
He is the third player to be confirmed to leave Real Madrid in two days, after it was announced on Saturday that Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio will also leave this summer.
The Frenchman won a total of 25 major titles with Real Madrid, a record for the club.
Benzema is the Ballon d'Or holder, having led Madrid to the Champions League title last season with 15 goals in the competition.
Also among his titles were five Club World Cups and three Copa del Rey triumphs.
He will make his final appearance in Madrid on Sunday against Athletic Bilbao, their final game of the 2022-23 La Liga season.