Karim Benzema

Position: Striker
Team: Real Madrid
Born: December 19, 1987 (age 26)
Hometown: Lyon, France
Height: 6'2''
Nationality: French
Karim Benzema celebrates scoring the opener for Real Madrid against Cordoba on August 25, 2014
Liverpool close in on Karim Benzema deal?
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema could join Liverpool for a fee in the region of £38.8m in January, according to a report.
07:59
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates with Real Madrid's defender Alvaro Arbeloa after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Ludogorets Razgrad and Real Madrid at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia
Karim Benzema: 'Success of Real Madrid comes first'
Karim Benzema claims that it was a relief just to contribute from the bench for Real Madrid in their 2-1 win over Ludogorets Razgrad.
02:26
Ludogorets Razgrad's midfielder Marcelinho celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Ludogorets Razgrad and Real Madrid at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia on October 1, 2014
Ludogorets Razgrad boss hails 'fearless' display against Real Madrid
Georgi Dermendzhiev hails his Ludogorets Razgrad team for matching Champions League holders Real Madrid in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat in Sofia.
01:14
Javier Hernandez of Real Madrid CF celebrates with his teammate Isco after scoring against Deportivo on September 20, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti defends misfiring Javier Hernandez
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti claims that striker Javier Hernandez need not dwell on his goal-shy display in the 2-1 win over Ludogorets Razgrad.
00:44
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with his teammate Gareth Bale after scoring a penalty during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Ludogorets Razgrad and Real Madrid at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia on October
Carlo Ancelotti: Cristiano Ronaldo injury "nothing serious"
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti describes the injury picked up by Cristiano Ronaldo in the win over Ludogorets Razgrad as "nothing serious".
23:39
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates with Real Madrid's defender Alvaro Arbeloa after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Ludogorets Razgrad and Real Madrid at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia
Player Ratings: Ludogorets Razgrad 1-2 Real Madrid
Sports Mole looks at how the players did in Real Madrid's 2-1 Champions League win away to Ludogorets Razgrad.
22:59
Ludogorets Razgrad's midfielder Marcelinho celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Ludogorets Razgrad and Real Madrid at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia on October 1, 2014
Georgi Dermendzhiev: 'We could have had better result against Real Madrid'
Ludogorets Razgrad manager Georgi Dermendzhiev believes that his charges could have got a better result in their 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid.
22:55
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates with Real Madrid's defender Alvaro Arbeloa after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Ludogorets Razgrad and Real Madrid at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia
Match Analysis: Ludogorets Razgrad 1-2 Real Madrid
Sports Mole takes a closer look at how Real Madrid laboured to victory over Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League.
22:27
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with his teammate Gareth Bale after scoring a penalty during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Ludogorets Razgrad and Real Madrid at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia on October
Result: Karim Benzema nets late winner for Real Madrid in Bulgaria
Real Madrid come from behind to edge past Razgrad Ludogorets 2-1 in their Champions League Group B encounter in Bulgaria.
21:36
Javier Hernandez of Real Madrid CF celebrates with his teammate Isco after scoring against Deportivo on September 20, 2014
Team News: Javier Hernandez starts for Real Madrid, Karim Benzema on bench
Javier Hernandez starts his first game for Real Madrid as they take on Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League.
19:36
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs Real Madrid CF at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on September 27, 2014
Live Commentary: Ludogorets Razgrad 1-2 Real Madrid - as it happened
Relive the action in Sports Mole's live coverage of Real Madrid's 2-1 win away to Ludogorets Razgrad.
18:44
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 hails Karim Benzema
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti backs under-fire forward Karim Benzema.
Sep 28, 17:30
Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs Real Madrid CF at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on September 27, 2014
Result: Real Madrid move into fourth with away win
Real Madrid move into fourth spot in the La Liga table as goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo see them past home side Villarreal.
Sep 27, 16:51
Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs Real Madrid CF at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on September 27, 2014
Half-Time Report: Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo give Real Madrid half-time lead
Goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo give travelling Real Madrid a 2-0 half-time lead over Villarreal in La Liga.
Sep 27, 15:50
Karim Benzema celebrates scoring the opener for Real Madrid against Cordoba on August 25, 2014
Team News: Karim Benzema leads Real Madrid line against Villarreal
Real Madrid hand a start to French forward Karim Benzema as they travel to face Villarreal in La Liga this afternoon, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale also featuring.
Sep 27, 14:45
Karim Benzema celebrates scoring the opener for Real Madrid against Cordoba on August 25, 2014
Paris Saint-Germain 'to rival Liverpool for Karim Benzema'
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to go head-to-head with Liverpool in the race to sign Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, according to reports.
Sep 21, 14:25
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid CF at Riazor Stadium on September 20, 2014
Result: Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick as Real Madrid thrash Deportivo la Coruna
Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick as Real Madrid thrash Deportivo la Coruna 8-2 in La Liga.
Sep 20, 16:54
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid on September 13, 2014
Half-Time Report: Cristiano Ronaldo braces leaves Real Madrid in control
Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice to lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 half-time advantage over Deportivo la Coruna in La Liga.
Sep 20, 15:49
James Rodriguez of Real Madrid controls the ball during the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla FC at Cardiff City Stadium on August 12, 2014
Live Commentary: Deportivo La Coruna 2-8 Real Madrid - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage as Real Madrid bounce back from two straight defeats in La Liga to beat Deportivo La Coruna 8-2 at the Riazor.
Sep 20, 14:30
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with Gareth Bale after scoring Real's 3rd goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match  against Basel on September 16, 2014
Player Ratings: Real Madrid 5-1 Basel
strong>Sports Mole takes a look at who impressed during Real Madrid's emphatic 5-1 victory over Basel in the Champions League this evening.
Sep 16, 23:03
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with Gareth Bale after scoring Real's 3rd goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match  against Basel on September 16, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 5-1 Basel
Sports Mole analyses the Champions League encounter between Real Madrid and Basel at the Bernabeu.
Sep 16, 22:23
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with Gareth Bale after scoring Real's 3rd goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match  against Basel on September 16, 2014
Result: Real Madrid begin Champions League defence with thumping victory
Real Madrid cruise to a win in their Champions League opener against Basel as they beat the Swiss side 5-1 at the Bernabeu.
Sep 16, 21:42
Basel's forward Marco Streller (C) vies with Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos (L) and Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe (R) during the UEFA Champions League match on September 16, 2014
Half-Time Report: Real Madrid in complete control against Basel
Real Madrid score four goals in 36 minutes to take a commanding 4-1 lead at the break in their Champions League clash with Basel.
Sep 16, 20:38
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
Team News: Carlo Ancelotti makes two changes for Champions League opener
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti makes two changes to his starting lineup for their Champions League fixture with Basel.
Sep 16, 19:28
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with Gareth Bale after scoring Real's 3rd goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match  against Basel on September 16, 2014
Live Commentary: Real Madrid 5-1 Basel - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of the Champions League group-stage opener between Real Madrid and Basel from the Bernabeu.
Sep 16, 18:45
Karim Benzema celebrates scoring the opener for Real Madrid against Cordoba on August 25, 2014
Zinedine Zidane backs Karim Benzema
Real Madrid Castilla boss Zinedine Zidane backs Karim Benzema to overcome his goal drought for Real Madrid.
Sep 16, 12:13
Atletico Madrid's Turkish midfielder Arda Turan (top) celebrates with Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann after scoring during the Spanish league football match against Real Madrid on September 13, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 1-2 Atletico Madrid
Sports Mole dissects the action as Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu in La Liga.
Sep 13, 21:40
Atletico Madrid's Turkish midfielder Arda Turan (top) celebrates with Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann after scoring during the Spanish league football match against Real Madrid on September 13, 2014
Result: Arda Turan strike downs Real Madrid
Arda Turan scores a second-half winner as Atletico Madrid beat rivals Real Madrid 2-1 in their La Liga match.
Sep 13, 20:49
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a last-minute goal for Real Madrid against Cordoba on August 25, 2014
Half-Time Report: Madrid derby level at the break
Cristiano Ronaldo scores from the penalty spot as Real Madrid head into the break level at 1-1 with champions Atletico Madrid in their La Liga match.
Sep 13, 19:50
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs CA Osasuna on April 26, 2014
Team News: Cristiano Ronaldo returns for Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo returns from injury to start for Real Madrid in this evening's La Liga match against rivals Atletico Madrid.
Sep 13, 18:20
Mexico's forward Javier Hernandez kicks the ball during the Group A football match between Mexico and Cameroon at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 13, 2014
Javier Hernandez aims to start at Real Madrid
Javier Hernandez claims that he has not joined Real Madrid to be a regular substitute.
Sep 10, 21:20
French forward Karim Benzema (C) vies with Spanish defender Mikel San Jose (R) during the friendly football match France vs Spain, on September 4, 2014
Match Analysis: France 1-0 Spain
Sports Mole takes a closer look at the talking points from France's 1-0 victory over Spain.
Sep 4, 22:21
Spanish forward Diego Costa (L) vies with French midfielder Blaise Matuidi (R) during the friendly football match France vs Spain, on September 4, 2014
Result: Loic Remy pounces to down Spain
Loic Remy comes off the bench to help France beat Spain 1-0 in Paris tonight.
Sep 4, 22:02
France's forward Karim Benzema (front R) vies for the ball with Switzerland's midfielder Gokhan Inler on June 20, 2014
Half-Time Report: Spain holding France in Paris
Spain hold France to a 0-0 half-time draw in a quiet opening 45 minutes in Paris.
Sep 4, 20:50
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a last-minute goal for Real Madrid against Cordoba on August 25, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo hoping for Javier Hernandez impact
Cristiano Ronaldo hopes that Javier Hernandez can make an impact at Real Madrid after joining the club on loan from Manchester United.
Sep 2, 15:56
Real Sociedad's midfielder Xabi Prieto during the Spanish league football match against Athletic Bilbao on January 5, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Sociedad 4-2 Real Madrid
Sports Mole dissects the action as Real Sociedad beat Real Madrid 4-2 in La Liga on Sunday evening.
Aug 31, 23:45
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a last-minute goal for Real Madrid against Cordoba on August 25, 2014
Team News: Cristiano Ronaldo rested for Real Sociedad clash
Real Madrid decide to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for their clash against Real Sociedad in La Liga, with Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez starting in attack.
Aug 31, 19:47
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) celebrates with Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Marcelo (R) and Real Madrid's German midfielder Mesut Ozil after scoring against Bayern on April 25, 2012
Marcelo praises Cristiano Ronaldo
Marcelo praises Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo following their 2-0 win over Cordoba.
Aug 26, 05:21
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a last-minute goal for Real Madrid against Cordoba on August 25, 2014
Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-0 Cordoba
Sports Mole takes a look at who impressed during Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Cordoba in La Liga on Monday evening.
Aug 26, 00:15
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a last-minute goal for Real Madrid against Cordoba on August 25, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 2-0 Cordoba
Sports Mole dissects the action as Real Madrid beat Cordoba 2-0 in their La Liga opener at the Bernabeu.
Aug 25, 23:35
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