Karim Benzema explains why he chose Real Madrid over Manches
2022-11-24

The French forward opted for the Bernebau over Old Trafford in 2009 and has never looked back since

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Four La Liga titles, five Champions Leagues and two Copa del Rey successes, life has been pretty kind to Karim Benzema since his 2009 switch from Lyon to Real Madrid.

Add that to Monday nights claiming of the Ballon dOr for the 21/22 campaign, its been a euphoric spell for one of the worlds most clinical centre forwards, and Manchester United will perhaps rue their efforts to sign him 13 years ago.

Fresh off a superb season with Ligue 1 side back in 08/09, Benzema hit the net a whopping 23 times in 47 outings, as Claude Puels side finished third in a side containing Hugo Lloris, Mariljem Pjanic and Juninho.

READ MORE:Varane sends message to ex-Real Madrid teammate Benzema after Ballon dOr win

But it was United who were heavily interested in bringing the forward to the Premier League, as well as European powerhouses of the late 2000s AC Milan, with Madrid then entering the race. Club president Florentino Perez was the biggest factor in the move, as Benzema sealed a €41 million to Spain later that year.

Relaying the very reason he opted to snub Sir Alex Ferguson and United, Benzema explained just how the move came about toOnda Cero: I remember I was with my friends. They called me, my family and my agent, to tell me that I had to go home quickly and that we had to talk. I told them I didnt have time , and they told me you have to come, Florentino is here. I opened the door and saw him, I didnt say anything, just hello.

There were quite a few clubs that contacted me, like Manchester [United], Inter and Barcelona, but I decided to come here, he said. Real Madrid are an excellent club. Ive dreamt about playing here since I was 15 years old. Florentino [Prez] spoke to me about the team and the project that he wanted to create.

It was very exciting. Real Madrid fans have a special relationship with the players and I am very grateful for that. I felt some strong emotions today and thats why I kissed the badge.

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