Benzema quits international football on his birthday

On his 35th birthday, one day after France’s heartbreaking 2022 World Cup final defeat to Argentina, Karim Benzema announced his retirement from international football.

Due to a thigh injury sustained the day before the tournament began in Qatar, Benzema was unable to compete and will not represent France again.

Due to allegations of blackmail, he missed five years of international football. He returned in 2020, missing the 2018 World Cup that France emerged as champions.

“I made the effort and the mistakes it took to be where I am today and I’m proud of it!” tweeted Benzema.

“I have written my story and ours is ending.”

He earned 97 caps and is fifth on France’s all-time goalscorer’s list with 37 goals.


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