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Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, paid tribute to Karim Benzema as the French striker prepares to leave the club after 14 successful years. In a heartfelt farewell ceremony held on Tuesday, Perez hailed Benzema as a “different footballer” and praised his immense contribution to Real Madrid.
During the ceremony, Perez addressed Benzema, acknowledging his remarkable journey since joining the club in 2009. He described the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner as one of the best players of all time and emphasized his status as a symbol and legend of the prestigious club.
“Dear Karim, 14 years ago you arrived at Real Madrid, and you have become one of the best players of all time. You are one of the symbols of this club, one of our greatest legends,” Perez expressed, reflecting on Benzema’s illustrious career at Real Madrid.
Perez went on to emphasize the significant impact that Benzema has had on the world of football, captivating fans with his unique style of play. He acknowledged that some individuals may have taken time to fully comprehend the striker’s abilities, but Perez lauded Benzema as a “different footballer” who has managed to captivate and inspire football lovers worldwide.
Expressing his personal emotions, Perez described the day as a difficult one for him personally. He acknowledged that it took time for some to fully appreciate Benzema’s talent and contributions to the team.
However, the Real Madrid president reiterated that Benzema’s exceptional skills and individuality always set him apart on the field. Perez stressed that Benzema’s departure from Real Madrid comes with the love and admiration of the entire footballing world, solidifying his status as one of the chosen few.
Following his remarkable tenure at Real Madrid, Benzema is set to embark on a new chapter in his career. It has been confirmed that the French striker will join Saudi Arabian champions Al-Ittihad. His departure from Real Madrid marks the end of an era and signals the beginning of a new challenge for the talented forward.
As Benzema prepares to bid farewell to Real Madrid, his departure will undoubtedly leave a void in the team. However, his contributions, achievements, and legacy will forever remain ingrained in the history of the club, serving as a testament to his extraordinary talent and his impact on the world of football.