Karim Benzema is not just any player. He has just won the Ballon d’Or, has been playing for 13 years at Real Madrid so, inevitably, his package for the World Cup in Qatar has made the foreign media react, as of course in Spain. “Benzema misses the World Cup”soberly titled brand. “For Karim, it is undoubtedly a blow. With this World Cup, his dream was to put the finishing touches to his year 2022, in which he has just won the Ballon d’Or, won the Champions League and La Liga. So lifting the World Cup in addition was, for him, going down in football history, because no one has ever done it. »
The most widely read newspaper in Spain, the Madrid daily nevertheless remains within reach, just like El País Where La Vanguardiawhose titles remain the same. “Karim Benzema deprived of the World Cup, a blow for France », indicates on its side The Guardian. “The 34-year-old Ballon d’Or will miss the entire tournament. The striker injured his left thigh during training in Qatar. »
In Germany, Das Picture is more evocative by mentioning a “shock in France”when, in Italy, Gazetta Dello Sport speaks of a “Benzema K.-O. ». The impact of Benzema’s package was even felt across the Channel, as evidenced by this paper from the New York Times. Seen as essential to France’s hopes of becoming the first team to retain the World Cup in over half a century, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been forced to give up..