Karim Benzema makes a big comeback in French team, after 5 and a half years of absence. A news that rejoices the president of OL, Jean-Michel Aulas. TheOlympique Lyonnais being the training club of the Real Madrid striker.
Aulas is delighted with Benzema’s return to the French team
Removed from the France team since October 2015, Karim Benzema is making his return to the selection. He is indeed among the 26 players selected by Didier Deschamps to compete in Euro 2021. The return of the center-forward trained at Olympique Lyonnais is appreciated by the president of the Rhone club. “Karim Benzema, we are all proud of you, you are a child of OL. You never gave up to become one of the best players in the world, by your side we will win Europe ”, reacted Jean-Michel Aulas on his official Twitter account.
Real Madrid’s top scorer was dismissed from the France team following the sextape affair concerning Mathieu Valbuena, former player of OM, OL and ex-tricolor. He had thus missed the Euro 2016 disputed in France, then the 2018 World Cup won by the Blues in Russia.
Titles and trophies with Real Madrid
On the other hand, Karim Benzema won titles and trophies with his Spanish club, during his absence among the French. Namely three consecutive Champions League (2016, 2017 and 2018), three Club World Cups (2016, 2017 and 2018), two UEFA Super Cups (2016 and 2017), two Spanish league titles ( 2017 and 2020) and two Spanish Super Cups (2017 and 2019).
Individually, Karim Benzema was voted best player of Real Madrid at the end of the 2019-2020 season, then best player of La Liga 2019-2020. He twice won the title of best French player abroad in 2019 and 2021. The 33-year-old former Lyonnais has also been nominated by the Spanish sports daily Marca, best player in the Spanish league and winner of the Alfredo Di Stéfano 2020 trophy. He was logically in the typical La Liga team in 2020.