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16.05.2012
» Benzema: "I would love to play with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo"

Karim Benzema pulling off his Real Madrid red jersey and showing his sexy abs, as well as his chest muscles while shirtless, in 2012

The 24-years old, Karim Benzema, has raised the bar this season and seems to have finally convinced all football critics with his performances and consistency shown for the Merengues. The Frenchman granted a few statements on the closure of this season, saying he's truly delighted to work with José Mourinho and that he would love the idea of an unlikely scenario where he would be able to play with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, in the same team.

Karim Benzema has been one of the most positives surprises in Real Madrid this season. The French striker finally showed his value since he landed in Spain and ended up being a priority choice on the team's lineup. This week, Benzema confessed to be thrilled to play under José Mourinho's orders and affirmed that he would love to play with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same team. Alongside with his two "partners in crime", CR7 and Gonzalo Higuaín, Benzema helped Real Madrid breaking the highest goal scoring record in a single season in La Liga, with a total of 121 goals! The Merengues attacking trio were responsible for 89 of those...

Karim Benzema - The French sniper:

Karim Benzema had his best season ever, with a total of 32 goals splitted between La Liga (21), Spanish Cups (4) and the UEFA Champions League (7). Another impressive stat was his assist count, with 15 passes that allowed his teammates to score, througout many of this season's games. Now seen as one of the most important players on the current Real Madrid squad, Benzema will also carry that burden to the French National Team, where he will certainly try to help his country to reach glory in the upcoming EURO 2012.

Karim Benzema stats
Club
Seasons
Appearances
Goals
Olympique Lyon
2004-2005
6
0
Olympique Lyon
2005-2006
16
4
Olympique Lyon
2006-2007
27
8
Olympique Lyon
2007-2008
52
31
Olympique Lyon
2008-2009
47
23
Real Madrid
2009-2010
33
9
Real Madrid
2010-2011
48
26
Real Madrid
2011-2012
52
32
TOTAL
2004-2012
281
133

Source: wikipedia.com

One his opponents in the EURO 2012, co-hosted by the Ukraine and Poland, will be precisely his teammate and good friend at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo. The French striker is well aware of Ronaldo's talent, but when it comes to choose between CR7 and Messi, he simply can't pick just one.

Benzema: "Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? I really can't pick just one, simply because they are totally different players. What I would love to do is to play with both of them in the same team!", replied the former Olympique Lyonnais player, when sharing his view on the two highest goalscorers of La Liga this season, as Messi netted 50 goals for Barça and Ronaldo had a personal count of 46 in a Merengues shirt.

Karim Benzema focus and hair growing in Real Madrid 2012

One of the most important persons responsible for the "Benzema transformation" over the last two years, has certainly been Real Madrid's head coach, José Mourinho. The French striker is well aware of the help he received and didn't have any problems in pointing José Mourinho as the best coach he has ever worked under, in his career.

Benzema: "On my book, Mourinho is absolutely the best coach there is. I've had the chance to work with several great coaches over the years, but he is without doubts the best out there", remarked the Real Madrid forward, just before explaining how important Zidane and Mourinho were, in his adaptation to a new club and city.

Benzema: "Zinedine Zidane's help was crucial for me, as he is the best French player of all time and he spoke with me in numerous occasions. Mourinho was always straight when it came to talk about what he wanted from me. We chatted a lot and he truly showed he trusted in my potential and abilities", pointed out the 24-years old.

Karim Benzema goofing and playing around with Cristiano Ronaldo, at Real Madrid Copa del Rey celebrations in 2011

Even though the French forward still have many years ahead in his football career, the thoughts of hanging the boots at Real Madrid, don't seem to be something that frigthens him at all.

Benzema: "Why not finishing my career in Real Madrid? I'm not sure if I'll be able to play as many years as Raul did for this club, but that's surely a possibility! Everything is perfect these days and having won the Spanish League has done wonders for us. We are all really proud of being part of this team", noted the Frenchman, who scored 21 in this La Liga campaign.

France has been drawn in the EURO 2012 Group D, alongside with England, Sweden and co-hosters, Ukraine. Benzema is expected to be on the line-up when the French side make their debut on the competition against England, on the 11th of June 2012. The 2nd fixture will take place on the 15th of June against Ukraine, while the last group stage game will put them in front of Sweden, on the 19th of June.

Karim Benzema in action for France and wearing the new French National Team jersey, kit and uniform, with blue stripes, in 2012


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Real Madrid's season is now over and there are no games left in their schedule until the pre-seasons starts over, by July 2012. Cristiano Ronaldo's next game will be for Portugal, in a friendly game against Macedonia, on May 26, in order to start preparing the EURO 2012. You can watch Portugal vs Macedonia, Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao, Bayern Munich vs Chelsea and Juventus vs Napoli, all from our football live streams section. Cristiano Ronaldo will most likely be on the line-up, when Portugal hosts Macedonia.

Portugal vs Macedonia kick-off time (26-05-2012):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+8: 03:00
Spain
(Madrid) | GMT+2: 21:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+1: 20:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-1: 18:00
New York (United States) | GMT-4: 15:00
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-7: 12:00
Beijing (China) | GMT-7: 12:00

Sources: ronaldo7.net / goal.com

Karim Benzema doing the sniper/shooter celebration, in Olympique Lyonnais, between 2004 and 2009

Karim Benzema with his blonde girlfriend, in a sexy and hot bikini, in 2012

Karim Benzema celebrating a goal for France and wearing the number 10 jersey

Karim Benzema, Real Madrid striker/forward in 2012

Karim Benzema receiving the ball while flying in the air, in a similar style to Zinedine Zidane

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema smiling at a joke, in a Real Madrid training and practice session

Karim Benzema in the French National Team, with the number 9 jersey

Karim Benzema taking a photo with his good looking girlfriend, in 2012

Karim Benzema raising his right hand, when celebrating a goal for Olympique Lyon, in France

Karim Benzema trademark goal celebration in Real Madrid, stretching his two arms as if he was a plane

Benzema goal for France

Karim Benzema fashion style in a Real Madrid suit, with an headphones set on his head and a toothpick on his mouth, in 2012

Karim Benzema shooter and sniper classic goal celebration for Real Madrid

Karim Benzema after scoring a goal for Lyon

Karim Benzema playing with the new France all-blue jersey, shirt and uniform

Karim Benzema photo during a game for Real Madrid in 2012

Karim Benzema in a training session practice, for Real Madrid

Karim Benzema saluting his Portuguese friend, Cristiano Ronaldo, in Real Madrid

Karim Benzema shirtless and showing his non-existing six pack abs and naked chest

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