Confirmed: Benzema leaves Real Madrid after 14 years at the Spanish Giant
As per an official statement, Real Madrid said that both parties agreed to a mutual termination of Benzema’s contract at the end of this month, meaning that Sunday’s match against Athletic Club was the Frenchman’s final appearance in the famous white jersey.
During his time at Real Madrid, Benzema won 25 trophies, establishing himself as one of the most successful players in the club’s esteemed history. This included five Champions Leagues, five LaLiga titles and three Copa del Rey crowns.
In a statement released on the day of their match with Athletic Club, Real Madrid said:
“Real Madrid C. F. and our captain Karim Benzema have agreed to put an end to his brilliant and unforgettable time as a player at our club.
“Real Madrid would like to show its gratitude and affection to the man who is already one of our greatest legends.
“During the fourteen seasons in which he has defended our badge and our shirt, he has won 25 titles, a record number for Real Madrid: 5 European Cups, 5 Club World Cups, 4 European Super Cups, 4 Leagues, 3 Copa del Reys and 4 Spanish Super Cups.”
Second highest scorer in Real Madrid history, Benzema has played 647 times for Madrid and in well over a decade in the Spanish capital, became the club’s second-highest top scorer ever with 353 goals.
The club will bid farewell to the 35-year-old this Tuesday, June 6.
On Tuesday, Real Madrid will hold an institutional act of homage and farewell to Benzema, with Florentino Perez to be present to pay tribute to the 35-year-old.
Benzema is expected to move to Al-Ittihad, having received a mammoth contract offer from the Saudi club earlier this week. However, there will certainly be a lot of sadness from Madridistas that he is leaving Real Madrid.