Reuters / Sergio Perez
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema confirmed that he was very happy to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, the current Juventus striker, indicating that he is now playing a different role with the royal team.
Karim Benzema spoke in an interview with the Spanish newspaper “El Pais”, which will be published in full next Saturday, but excerpts from it were published on Thursday, about the wonderful relationship that he had with Ronaldo during the nine-year period during which they shared Real Madrid’s dressing room. : “I was very happy with Cristiano.”
Real Madrid signed Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian Ricardo Kaka in 2009.
Benzema also spoke about his role in the “Merengue” ranks after Ronaldo left Real Madrid in the summer of 2018, to the Italian Juventus team, saying: “What I will only say is that Ronaldo’s departure allowed me to play a different role in the team. Ronaldo used to score between 50 to 60 goals a year, and I had to adapt to the way he plays, Ronaldo is one of the best soccer players in the world. “
Karim Benzema also praised his coach and compatriot Zinedine Zidane, saying, “Zidane is like my older brother. He is always present outside the stadium to give me advice.”
On the personal side, Benzema confirmed that he only has one friend, and continued: “I have one friend, which proves that friendship is very important to me.”
Some describe Karim Benzema sometimes as cold, and in this regard the Real Madrid striker replied: “It is not true that there is nothing that does not affect me, I have feelings, but I will not show my weaknesses at all, even if I have weaknesses.”
Benzema commented on his difficult circumstances as a child, saying: “I grew up in a neighborhood where things were difficult, when I saw older children wearing good clothes and riding nice cars, I wanted to be like them.”
Benzema indicated that he does not have a role model, but he has a sports model to follow, and in this context he added: “I do not have a role model, but I do have models. In football, the Brazilian Ronaldo was a model for me, and I also admire Mike Tyson, because we both climbed from the bottom.” To the top, nobody gave us anything as a gift. “
Benzema suffered an injury, as a result of which he missed the royal team during the matches of Valladolid in the Spanish League and Atalanta, in the first leg of the 16th round of the Champions League. “Wanda Metropolitano”, in the 26th round of the Spanish Football League.