French Senator calls for stripping Karim Benzema of Ballon d’Or and citizenship amid allegations of ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ ties

Fans call Karim Benzema 'the people's Ballon d'Or winner'.


French Senator calls for stripping Karim Benzema of Ballon d’Or and citizenship amid allegations of ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ ties

(L) Karim Benzema (R) Valerie Boyer. (Source: Benzema Twitter/ France 1Lurer)

The Former Ballon d’Or winner and French footballer Karim Benzema, has recently taken to social media platforms, and used to voice his anger towards Israel for their airstrike in Gaza. The attacks have been termed inhumane by many big superstars and leaders.

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The former Real Madrid player had written on his Twitter account, “All our prayers for the habitants of Gaza, once again victims of these unjust bombings that spare neither women nor children.” Fans called him a hero and bombarded his social media with praise, calling him, “People’s Ballon d’Or winner.” But, he seems to have come under the radar of a French senator who thinks he needs to be stripped of his citizenship as well as the Ballon d’Or.

Senator Valerie Boyer has asked for the player to be stripped of the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. He currently holds the distinction as the recent recipient, and the France Football Association awards it.

“We cannot accept that a French dual national, internationally known, could dishonor and even betray our country in this way.” She posted on her Instagram story. But it has not gone to her plan, as fans have paraded her socials with GIFs of Karim Benzema and Palestinian flags in the comments.

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Karim Benzema’s great unselfish legacy at Real Madrid

After an illustrious 14-year tenure at Real Madrid, Karim Benzema bid a poignant farewell to the club where he became a footballing legend. The French striker leaves for Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. He exits the Santiago Bernabéu as the reigning Ballon d’Or holder, a testament to his enduring excellence on the pitch.

Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema
Ballon d’Or Winner Karim Benzema. (Source: Marca)

Over his 647 appearances for the club, Benzema scored a remarkable 353 goals. This places him second only to Cristiano Ronaldo in the list of all-time top scorers for Real Madrid. Benzema’s journey began in 2009 when Florentino Pérez, the Real Madrid president, convinced the young and reserved talent to join the club. Despite not being the most expensive signing that season, Benzema’s impact far exceeded his price tag.

Over the years, he played a vital role in the team’s success. He quietly evolved into one of the best players in the world, recognized with the Ballon d’Or. His departure signifies the end of an era at Real Madrid, leaving a legacy of elegance, unselfish play, and an impressive record of 353 goals, placing him among the club’s all-time greats.

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