Clubs: Olympique Lyonnais, Real Madrid CF
• Recruited by Real Madrid from Lyon in 2009, Karim Benzema is a powerful, incisive, two-footed forward with an enviable eye for goal. Surprisingly overlooked for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he reasserted himself at international level, leading the line at UEFA EURO 2012.
• Born as one of ten children in a family of Algerian origin, he joined the Lyon academy aged nine, scored goals at a prolific rate throughout his youth and made his first-team debut in January 2005, less than a month after his 17th birthday. Struck on his UEFA Champions League bow, against Rosenborg BK in December 2005, before he had found the target at Ligue 1 level.
• Represented France at every age level from Under-16 to U21 before making a goalscoring senior debut for Les Bleus in March 2007 during a Stade de France friendly against Austria; his first major tournament appearance came at UEFA EURO 2008.
• Outstanding contributor to Lyon's title triumph in 2007/08 – their seventh in a row, his fourth – with 20 goals, the best in the division. Registered 17 Ligue 1 goals, plus five in Europe, in his final term at Lyon prior to agreeing a six-year deal with Madrid, for whom he contributed a career-best total of 21 league goals in their title-winning 2011/12 season.
• Omitted from the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad despite scoring twice in eight qualification matches, he was named 2011 French player of the year by France Football Magazine for a record of 32 goals in all competitions for club and country, before helping his side to the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012.
• Contributed five goals to Madrid's UEFA Champions League success in 2013/14, the last of them coming in the semi-final first leg against FC Bayern München.
UEFA Champions League: winner 2014
UEFA Super Cup: 2014
UEFA European Under-17 Championship: winner 2004
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|09.08.2016||UEFA Super Cup||Final||Real Madrid||3-2||Sevilla||58||0||0|
|10.09.2016||Spanish Liga||Real Madrid||5-2||Osasuna||24||0||0|
|14.09.2016||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||Real Madrid||2-1||Sporting CP||68||0||0|
|18.09.2016||Spanish Liga||Espanyol||0-2||Real Madrid||72||1||0|
|21.09.2016||Spanish Liga||Real Madrid||1-1||Villarreal||77||0||0|
|24.09.2016||Spanish Liga||Las Palmas||2-2||Real Madrid||26||1||0|
|27.09.2016||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||Dortmund||2-2||Real Madrid||88||0||1|
|02.10.2016||Spanish Liga||Real Madrid||1-1||Eibar||45||0||0|
|15.10.2016||Spanish Liga||Betis||1-6||Real Madrid||75||1||0|
|18.10.2016||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||Real Madrid||5-1||Legia||90||0||0|
|23.10.2016||Spanish Liga||Real Madrid||2-1||Athletic||75||1||0|
|29.10.2016||Spanish Liga||Alavés||1-4||Real Madrid||67||0||1|
|02.11.2016||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||Legia||3-3||Real Madrid||65||1||0|
|19.11.2016||Spanish Liga||Atlético||0-3||Real Madrid||11||0||0|
|22.11.2016||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||Sporting CP||1-2||Real Madrid||23||1||0|
|26.11.2016||Spanish Liga||Real Madrid||2-1||Sporting Gijón||90||0||0|
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