Exceptional with Real Madrid since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018, until becoming Ballon d’Or 2022, Karim Benzema has learned a lot from the Portuguese over the years.
And suddenly, Karim Benzema has transformed. Player of Real Madrid since 2009 and above all ideal friend for Cristiano Ronaldo, the native of Lyon became the great leader of the Merengues (and one of the best players in the world) after the departure of the Portuguese in the summer of 2018. He chained the seasons at 30 goals and even a last one with 44 achievements, allowing him to become Ballon d’Or.
In his last episode, Great goal, the Sports.fr podcast, tells you about a turning point in the career of “KB9″. Ronaldo took full advantage of Benzema’s technical quality, altruism and game intelligence to pile up the goals under the Casa Blanca tunic. ” Cristiano Ronaldo was in love with him “, even confided one day José Mourinho, on the bench of Real from 2010 to 2013.
Ronaldo sans concession
However, “CR7″ one day cropped his French teammate. ” What you do is not enough for Real Madrid “, he launched to Benzema, about his everyday physical preparation, as told by Jorge Valdano, legend of the club and former leader of the Casa blanca. It was friendly advice, but also quite a reprimand. It changed everything.
Benzema, who has always worked hard to become one of the best players in the world, has become a fan of physical preparation, spending many hours in the gym, both at the training center and at home. He also employed a personal cook to fine-tune his diet and lost 7 kilos during the year 2017!
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When Ronaldo left in July 2018, Benzema, now in his thirties, was then perfectly ready to take over the lead at Real Madrid (with Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric). His stratospheric level of play in recent years is not due to chance. The one who will celebrate his 35th birthday in December is a talented and ever sharper footballer. A huge example.
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