While he could become world champion on Sunday if the Blues win against Argentina, Karim Benzema hoped to see France lose in the 1998 final.
Forced to withdraw from the World Cup just days before the inaugural match against Australia, Karim Benzema hardly seems to have been passionate about the epic of the Blues in Qatar. The Madrilenian, who granted himself ten days of vacation in Reunion, thus waited for the qualification of the troops of Didier Deschamps for the semi-finals to react on social networks.
The Ballon d’Or did the same after the success of the reigning world champions against Morocco and some even imagine him coming to Qatar on Sunday to encourage the Blues. It would be the wish of Emmanuel Macron who would intend to invite all the players forced into the package to Doha. There is no doubt that the former Lyonnais will be won over to the cause of the Blues, even if he would always have it bad against Didier Deschamps. The latter would indeed have meant the end of his adventure in Qatar too quickly for his taste.
Zizou changed everything
Karim Benzema has not always supported the Blues in the World Cup final. He explained this in an interview with France Football in 2015. “As a kid and then a teenager, I constantly hung out with Brazil. That’s why at the start of the World Cup, I was still supporting Brazil. When I played with my friends at Bron, I was always Ronaldo with his national jersey on my back.he said, before remembering the day of the France-Brazil final, in 1998.
“On July 12, I was in summer camp with my sister. In the afternoon, there had been a football tournament. Everyone was necessarily behind France. Everyone wanted to play with the Blues jersey… except me! At that time, I was still for Brazil! I simply turned my jacket around when Zizou scored his second goal! »he confided.