Karim Benzema

Position: Striker
Team: Real Madrid
Born: December 19, 1987 (age 27)
Hometown: Lyon, France
Height: 6'2''
Nationality: French
Javier Hernandez of Real Madrid CF celebrates with his teammate Isco after scoring against Deportivo on September 20, 2014
Agent: 'Javier Hernandez to stay at Real Madrid'
The agent of out-of-favour Real Madrid forward Javier Hernandez rules out a January exit for his client.
Dec 19, 02:33
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Liverpool 'plotting £50m swoop for Karim Benzema'
Real Madrid are allegedly weighing up a big-money move for Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.
Dec 19, 00:45
Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Club Cup semi-final football match against Cruz Azul on December 16, 2014
Marco Fabian: 'Real Madrid were simply better'
Cruz Azul midfielder Marco Fabian praises the quality of Real Madrid following Tuesday's Club World Cup semi-final.
Dec 17, 14:24
Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Club Cup semi-final football match against Cruz Azul on December 16, 2014
Result: Real Madrid reach Club World Cup final after thrashing Cruz Azul
Real Madrid seal a 4-0 win against Cruz Azul in Tuesday's Club World Cup semi-final at the Stade de Marrakech, notching up their 21st straight win in the process.
Dec 16, 22:46
Real Madrid's forward Isco (R) celebrates with Brazilian defender Marcelo after scoring during the Spanish league football match UD Almeria vs Real Madrid CF on December 12, 2014
Result: Real Madrid see off plucky Almeria
Real Madrid are made to work hard for their win over Almeria as they extend their Spanish-record winning streak to 20 games.
Dec 12, 21:34
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates with Welsh forward Gareth Bale after scoring during the Spanish league football match Malaga CF vs Real Madrid CF at the Rosaleda stadium in Malaga on November 29, 2014
Half-Time Report: Real Madrid take lead into half time
Real Madrid take the lead going into the break of their match against Almeria as they look to extend their Spanish-record winning streak to 20 games.
Dec 12, 20:32
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad on November 9, 2013
Team News: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale start despite seven Real Madrid changes
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale retain their places in the Real Madrid starting XI for their Champions League tie with Ludogorets Razgrad despite seven changes to the side.
Dec 9, 19:24
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Real Madrid to sell Karim Benzema next summer?
Real Madrid will sell Arsenal and Liverpool target Karim Benzema next summer, according to reports.
Dec 6, 17:34
Real Madrid players celebrate after scoring their third goal against Barcelona in La Liga's El Clasico on October 25, 2014
Preview: Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo
Sports Mole previews Real Madrid's bid to make it 18 successive wins when Celta Vigo visit the Spanish capital on Saturday.
Dec 4, 18:30
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Report: Karim Benzema could leave Real Madrid
A report claims that Real Madrid could sell Karim Benzema next summer.
Dec 1, 12:39
Real Madrid's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti looks on during a press conference at Valdebebas training ground in Madrid on October 29, 2013
Carlo Ancelotti reveals plans for Cornella
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti reveals his team selection for Tuesday's Copa del Rey clash with Cornella.
Dec 1, 12:26
A general view during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 30, 2011
Real Madrid remove cross from badge for Abu Dhabi Bank
Real Madrid reportedly remove the cross from their club badge on new credit cards with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi in order to avoid offending Muslim fans.
Dec 1, 12:24
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates with Welsh forward Gareth Bale after scoring during the Spanish league football match Malaga CF vs Real Madrid CF at the Rosaleda stadium in Malaga on November 29, 2014
Result: Real Madrid continue winning run at Malaga to break club record
Strikes from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in either half against Malaga take Real Madrid to their club-record 16th successive victory in all competitions.
Nov 29, 20:49
Carlo Ancelotti, coach of Real Madrid reacts during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 2, 2014
Half-Time Report: Karim Benzema gives Real Madrid slender lead over Malaga
Real Madrid lead Malaga 1-0 at half time courtesy of Karim Benzema's 18th-minute strike at La Rosaleda.
Nov 29, 19:46
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo gestures next to teammate Welsh forward Gareth Bale after scoring his team's first goal on November 26, 2014
Match Analysis: Basel 0-1 Real Madrid
Sports Mole takes a closer look at how Real Madrid continued their 100% Group B campaign with a 1-0 away win over Basel in the Champions League.
Nov 26, 22:30
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo gestures next to teammate Welsh forward Gareth Bale after scoring his team's first goal on November 26, 2014
Result: Cristiano Ronaldo helps Real Madrid see off Basel
Real Madrid seal top spot in Group B after beating Basel in Champions League.
Nov 26, 21:39
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo gestures next to teammate Welsh forward Gareth Bale after scoring his team's first goal on November 26, 2014
Half-Time Report: Cristiano Ronaldo gives Real Madrid lead in Basel
Real Madrid lead at half time against Group B opponents Basel thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's strike.
Nov 26, 20:33
Real Madrid 'keeper Iker Casillas sits on the bench during a game with Betis on August 18, 2013
Team News: Iker Casillas drops to Real Madrid bench
Iker Casillas drops to the bench for Real Madrid as manager Carlo Ancelotti prefers Keylor Navas for their Champions League clash with Basel.
Nov 26, 19:42
Real Madrid's Colombian forward James Rodriguez heads the ball to score past Eibar's goalkeeper Irureta during the Spanish league football match SD Eibar vs Real Madrid CF at the Ipurua stadium in Eibar on November 22, 2014
Result: Real Madrid canter to ninth straight league win
Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 26th and 27th goals of the season in Real Madrid's convincing 4-0 victory away at Eibar.
Nov 22, 18:49
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Report: Arsenal eye £40m-rated Karim Benzema
Arsenal and Liverpool weigh up January bids for in-form Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, according to reports.
Nov 19, 23:54
France's forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring his teams third goal with midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, during a Group E football match between France and Honduras at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15,
Karim Benzema disappointed over France penalty miss
France forward Karim Benzema admits that he is disappointed to have missed a penalty in Les Bleus' 1-0 win over Sweden.
Nov 19, 00:49
Sweden's midfielder Albin Ekdal vies with French forward Guilavogui during the friendly football match France vs Sweden on November 18, 2014
Result: Raphael Varane gives France win
Raphael Varane scores late on to give France a 1-0 win over Sweden in an international friendly.
Nov 18, 21:54
France's defender Raphael Varane runs with the ball during a Group E football match between France and Honduras at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 2014
Team News: Raphael Varane captains France side
Raphael Varane will become France's youngest ever captain as he is handed the armband for their friendly against Sweden.
Nov 18, 19:40
Sweden's midfielder Albin Ekdal vies with French forward Guilavogui during the friendly football match France vs Sweden on November 18, 2014
Live Commentary: France 1-0 Sweden - as it happened
Sports Mole's live text commentary of the international friendly between France and Sweden at the Stade Velodrome.
Nov 18, 19:30
Sweden's forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic kicks the ball next to Portugal's defender Bruno Alves during the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier play-off first leg football match Portugal vs Sweden at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on November 15, 2013
Preview: France vs. Sweden
Sports Mole looks ahead to the international friendly between Euro 2016 hosts France and Sweden.
Nov 16, 15:39
French forward Antoine Griezmann is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the friendly football match France vs Albania on November 14, 2014
Result: France struggle in lacklustre display against Albania
France struggle in a poor showing as they come from behind to draw 1-1 with Albania in an international friendly.
Nov 14, 21:46
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 8, 2014
Player Ratings: Real Madrid 5-1 Rayo Vallecano
Sports Mole analyses how each individual player performed in Real Madrid's 5-1 win over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
Nov 8, 22:23
Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 8, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 5-1 Rayo Vallecano
Sports Mole dissects the 90 minutes of La Liga action as Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 5-1 at the Bernabeu.
Nov 8, 21:34
Real Madrid's German midfielder Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2014
Result: Five-star Real Madrid continue winning run
Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 5-1 at the Bernabeu to regain their two-point lead at the top of La Liga.
Nov 8, 20:49
Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring for Real Madrid against Levante on October 5, 2013.
Half-Time Report: Real Madrid hold slender interval lead against Rayo Vallecano
Alberto Bueno's late goal gives Rayo Vallecano a lifeline against Read Madrid, with Los Blancos 2-1 ahead at half time.
Nov 8, 19:49
Real Madrid's German midfielder Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2014
Live Commentary: Real Madrid 5-1 Rayo Vallecano - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano at the Bernabeu, which the home side won 5-1.
Nov 8, 18:30
A stoic-looking Brendan Rodgers ahead of Liverpool's game with Man City on August 25, 2014
Brendan Rodgers: 'We did not throw in white towel'
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hits back at those who criticised his team selection against Read Madrid, saying that the Reds' performance justified his decision.
Nov 5, 07:43
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti praises match winner Karim Benzema
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti singles out Karim Benzema for praise following his match-winning goal against Liverpool.
Nov 5, 04:04
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Brendan Rodgers defends Liverpool team selection in Real Madrid defeat
Brendan Rodgers insists that he did not have one eye on Saturday's visit of Chelsea when selecting his team for Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid.
Nov 4, 23:38
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Player Ratings: Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
Sports Mole takes a look at who impressed during Real Madrid's 1-0 victory over Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu this evening.
Nov 4, 23:05
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at Real Madrid's 1-0 victory over Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Nov 4, 22:21
A stoic-looking Brendan Rodgers ahead of Liverpool's game with Man City on August 25, 2014
Brendan Rodgers: 'Liverpool can still qualify'
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says that his team can still qualify to the last-16 stage of the Champions League after a 1-0 reverse away to Real Madrid.
Nov 4, 22:07
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Result: Spirited Liverpool go down to Real Madrid
Real Madrid edge past Liverpool with a 1-0 victory in Group B of the Champions League to leave the Reds with a battle to progress to the knockout stages.
Nov 4, 21:36
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group B football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 4, 2014
Half-Time Report: Karim Benzema gives Real Madrid half-time advantage
Karim Benzema fires Real Madrid 1-0 ahead at the break in their Group B Champions League game at home to Liverpool.
Nov 4, 20:31
Steven Gerrard #8 of Liverpool infront of the home fans after scoring the opening goal from a free kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on September 27, 2014
Team News: Steven Gerrard on bench for Liverpool
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard starts on the bench for the team's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
Nov 4, 18:36
Tables
TeamPGDPTS
1Real Madrid154239
2Barcelona152935
3Atletico Madrid151432
4Sevilla15830
5Valencia151528
6Villarreal151027
7Malaga15427
8Celta Vigo16-120
9Eibar15-220
10Athletic Bilbao15-319
11Espanyol15-617
12Rayo Vallecano15-1217
13Getafe15-816
14Real Sociedad15-514
15Levante15-1814
16Almeria16-1113
17Deportivo La Coruna15-1113
18Granada15-1612
19Cordoba15-1111
20Elche15-1810