For more than a decade, Karim Benzema has served as the heart of Real Madrid’s offence
For a while, Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliance overshadowed the importance of the striker to the Merengues’ assault, but recent campaigns have demonstrated just how valuable the forward is on his own.
The veteran had a challenging first half of this season, but his performances have improved over the past two weeks. His comeback to the big stage was heralded with back-to-back hat tricks against Real Valladolid and Barcelona. He is reportedly better prepared than ever for the season’s closing stretch right now.
Benzema will remain in the Spanish capital for one more season after rejecting a season-long offer from Saudi Arabia. The striker’s current deal with Los Blancos ends at the end of the current campaign, and given his ongoing fitness issues, there has been some doubt regarding his future with the club.
The offer, which includes a move to Saudi Arabia as well as the launch of a new academy bearing Benzema’s name and likeness, has reportedly been on Benzema’s radar for some time. But for the time being, at least for the coming year, he is not concerned about the money on the table. The article goes on to discuss an unwritten rule at Real Madrid that guarantees a renewal to any player who wins the Ballon d’Or. The talks will advance in the upcoming days as Benzema is almost following the same paths.
In just 18 outings this season, the 35-year-old has already scored 14 goals and contributed three assists in La Liga. Benzema’s form and fitness could make or break the season and his manager’s career because the squad is currently engaged in a two-front battle in the Copa del Rey final and the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League.