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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|04.09.2014||Friendlies 2014-16||Final tournament - Group stage||France||1-0||Spain||90||0||0|
|07.09.2014||Friendlies 2014-16||First round||Serbia||1-1||France||30||0||0|
|11.10.2014||Friendlies 2014-16||First round||France||2-1||Portugal||90||1||0|
|14.10.2014||Friendlies 2014-16||First round||Armenia||0-3||France||3||0||0|
|14.11.2014||Friendlies 2014-16||First round||France||1-1||Albania||90||0||0|
|18.11.2014||Friendlies 2014-16||Final tournament - Group stage||France||1-0||Sweden||22||0||0|
|26.03.2015||Friendlies 2014-16||Final tournament - Group stage||France||1-3||Brazil||90||0||0|
|29.08.2015||Spanish Liga||Real Madrid||5-0||Betis||53||1||0|
|04.09.2015||Friendlies 2014-16||First round||Portugal||0-1||France||74||0||0|
|07.09.2015||Friendlies 2014-16||First round||France||2-1||Serbia||28||0||0|
|12.09.2015||Spanish Liga||Espanyol||0-6||Real Madrid||63||1||0|
|15.09.2015||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||Real Madrid||4-0||Shakhtar Donetsk||90||1||0|
|19.09.2015||Spanish Liga||Real Madrid||1-0||Granada||77||1||0|
|23.09.2015||Spanish Liga||Athletic||1-2||Real Madrid||80||2||0|
|26.09.2015||Spanish Liga||Real Madrid||0-0||Málaga||90||0||0|
|30.09.2015||UEFA Champions League||Group stage||Malmö||0-2||Real Madrid||67||0||0|
|04.10.2015||Spanish Liga||Atlético||1-1||Real Madrid||77||1||0|
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