Karim Benzema

Position: Striker
Team: Real Madrid
Born: December 19, 1987 (age 26)
Hometown: Lyon, France
Height: 6'2''
Nationality: French
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema looks to Barcelona's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014
Sports Mole's La Liga Team of the Week
Sports Mole picks out its 11 star performers from week nine in La Liga.
Oct 27, 12:52
Luis Enrique Martinez faces the media during his official presentation as the new coach of FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on May 21, 2014
Luis Enrique: 'Real Madrid deserved to win'
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique admits that Real Madrid deserved to win last night's El Clasico.
Oct 26, 15:48
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal with Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe during the Spanish league football match on October 18, 2014
Pepe disagrees with Xavi claims
Real Madrid defender Pepe insists that his team are not purely a counter-attacking outfit after Xavi's criticism of their tactics in their El Clasico victory.
Oct 26, 15:35
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema looks to Barcelona's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014
Claudio Bravo: 'Penalty changed the game'
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo rues his side's failure to build on their strong start in last night's El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid.
Oct 26, 13:45
Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC at Camp Nou on December 11, 2013
Gerard Pique admits Marcelo handball
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admits that the penalty decision awarded against him in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid was the right decision.
Oct 26, 01:01
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez warms up before the Spanish league 'Clasico' football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014
Luis Suarez: 'I was powerless to help Barcelona'
Luis Suarez insists that he 'gave his all' on his Barcelona debut - a 3-1 El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid.
Oct 26, 00:02
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema looks to Barcelona's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti: "Karim Benzema is on fire"
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti singles out striker Karim Benzema for special praise after the 3-1 El Clasico win over Barcelona.
Oct 25, 23:18
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League, group B, football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 22, 2014
Player Ratings: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona
Sports Mole analyses how each individual player performed in Saturday's El Clasico at the Bernabeu, which Real Madrid won 3-1 against Barcelona.
Oct 25, 20:25
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league 'Clasico' football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014.
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona
Sports Mole dissects the 90 minutes of action as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in El Clasico at the Bernabeu.
Oct 25, 19:35
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league 'Clasico' football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014.
Result: Real Madrid end Barcelona's unbeaten run
Barcelona suffer their first defeat of the season in La Liga, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Oct 25, 18:48
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates wirh Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi after scoring their first team goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Oct
Half-Time Report: Cristiano Ronaldo penalty cancels out Neymar strike
Cristiano Ronaldo scores from the penalty spot to cancel out an early Neymar goal in the first half of El Clasico at the Bernabeu.
Oct 25, 17:46
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez warms up before the Spanish league 'Clasico' football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014
Team News: Luis Suarez starts for Barcelona
Luis Suarez is named in Barcelona's starting lineup for their La Liga match against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Oct 25, 16:17
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league 'Clasico' football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 25, 2014.
Live Commentary: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of El Clasico at the Bernabeu, where Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1.
Oct 25, 16:00
Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona looks on during the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Club Leon at Camp Nou on August 18, 2014
Preview: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona
Sports Mole previews the first El Clasico of the season between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Bernabeu as Luis Suarez prepares to make his debut for the visitors.
Oct 23, 22:45
Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on October 4, 2014
Jordan Henderson gives Real Madrid credit after comfortable win over Liverpool
Jordan Henderson gives Real Madrid credit for beating Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield in last night's Champions League Group B game.
Oct 23, 09:34
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League, group B, football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 22, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti hails 'best performance of Real Madrid's season'
Carlo Ancelotti says that Wednesday's 3-0 win away to Liverpool in the Champions League was Real Madrid's finest performance this season.
Oct 22, 23:36
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League, group B, football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 22, 2014
Player Ratings: Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid
Sports Mole looks at who impressed during Real Madrid's 3-0 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League.
Oct 22, 23:16
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema rises above Liverpool's English defender Glen Johnson to score Real Madrid's second goal during the UEFA Champions League, group B, football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, northw
Match Analysis: Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid
Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at Real Madrid's comfortable 3-0 victory over Liverpool in their Champions League match at Anfield this evening.
Oct 22, 22:27
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League, group B, football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 22, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo proud to finally score at Anfield
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo expresses his pride after scoring his first ever goal at Anfield in their 3-0 win over Liverpool.
Oct 22, 22:24
A stoic-looking Brendan Rodgers ahead of Liverpool's game with Man City on August 25, 2014
Brendan Rodgers refuses to condemn Liverpool performance
Brendan Rodgers refuses to criticise his Liverpool team after their 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Oct 22, 22:03
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema rises above Liverpool's English defender Glen Johnson to score Real Madrid's second goal during the UEFA Champions League, group B, football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, northw
Result: Liverpool put to the sword by Real Madrid
Liverpool find themselves on the receiving end of a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Real Madrid in their Champions League Group B clash at Anfield.
Oct 22, 21:38
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema rises above Liverpool's English defender Glen Johnson to score Real Madrid's second goal during the UEFA Champions League, group B, football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, northw
Half-Time Report: Real Madrid cruising past Liverpool
Liverpool are succumbing to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in this evening's Champions League Group B clash at Anfield.
Oct 22, 20:35
Liverpool's Italian striker Mario Balotelli plays during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane in London on August 31, 2014
Team News: Mario Balotelli keeps place in Liverpool starting lineup
Mario Balotelli keeps his place in the Liverpool side for tonight's Champions League clash with Real Madrid at Anfield.
Oct 22, 18:38
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League, group B, football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 22, 2014
Live Commentary: Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid - as it happened
Relive Real Madrid's commanding 3-0 victory over Liverpool in their Champions League Group B clash at Anfield.
Oct 22, 18:15
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
Preview: Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Basel
Sports Mole looks ahead to Wednesday's Champions League group stage encounter between Ludogorets Razgrad and Basel.
Oct 20, 14:32
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal with Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe during the Spanish league football match on October 18, 2014
Match Analysis: Levante 0-5 Real Madrid
Sports Mole dissects the action as Real Madrid thump Levante 5-0 in La Liga on Saturday afternoon.
Oct 18, 17:28
Raphael Varane of Real Madrid CF heads the ball beside Ragnar Sigurdsson of FC Copenhagen during the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid CF and FC Copenhagen at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 2, 2013
Jose Mourinho: "I like Raphael Varane"
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reveals his admiration for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, but admits that the Spanish club are unlikely to sell the Frenchman.
Oct 12, 16:25
France's midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring the first goal during a Round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria at Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 30, 2014
Paul Pogba denies Patrice Evra rift during France win over Portugal
Paul Pogba denies that he argued with France teammate Patrice Evra during last night's 2-1 win over Portugal.
Oct 12, 13:56
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 reveals toe injury
Karim Benzema reveals that he suffered a toe injury in France's 2-1 win over Portugal on Saturday and will go for scans on Monday to reveal the extent of the damage.
Oct 12, 13:30
France's forward Karim Benzema after an own goal 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
Result: Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba strike to hand France victory over Portugal
France hold on to beat Portugal 2-1 victory in an international friendly in Paris.
Oct 11, 21:38
France's forward Karim Benzema after an own goal 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
Half-Time Report: Karim Benzema hands France early lead over Portugal
Karim Benzema puts France 1-0 up against Portugal in an international friendly at the Stade de France.
Oct 11, 20:32
Karim Benzema celebrates scoring the opener for Real Madrid against Cordoba on August 25, 2014
Report: Arsene Wenger calls Karim Benzema, asks striker to join Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger called Real Madrid's Karim Benzema in a bid to bring the striker to the Emirates, according to a report.
Oct 11, 14:39
Portugal's forward and captain Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Group G football match between Portugal and Ghana at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 26, 2014
Preview: France vs. Portugal
Sports Mole looks ahead to Saturday evening's friendly between France and Portugal.
Oct 9, 18:01
Real's Karim Benzema celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after a goal against Grenada on August 26, 2013
Karim Benzema honoured by Cristiano Ronaldo praise
Real Madrid marksman Karim Benzema reveals how honoured he was to hear Cristiano Ronaldo refer to him as the best striker in La Liga.
Oct 8, 01:58
Real Madrid's defender Daniel Carvajal vies with Atletico Madrid's Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic during the Spanish Supercup first-leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on August 19, 201
Dani Carvajal "very happy" with Real Madrid win
Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal hails his team's performance in Sunday's 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
Oct 6, 12:52
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 5, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo: 'Karim Benzema the best in Spain'
Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo hails Karim Benzema as the best striker in La Liga following the 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
Oct 6, 00:39
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo heads to score during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 5, 2014
Player Ratings: Real Madrid 5-0 Athletic Bilbao
Sports Mole looks at who impressed during Real Madrid's emphatic 5-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu this evening.
Oct 5, 23:27
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award for player of the year during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony on January 13, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti confident of Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d'Or success
Carlo Ancelotti claims that Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo is guaranteed to scoop the FIFA Ballon d'Or once again this year.
Oct 5, 23:19
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 5, 2014
Match Analysis: Real Madrid 5-0 Athletic Bilbao
Sports Mole looks back at Real Madrid's emphatic 5-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao this evening.
Oct 5, 22:41
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo heads to score during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 5, 2014
Result: Real Madrid up to fourth after hammering Athletic Bilbao
Cristiano Ronaldo scores a third league hat-trick in four games as Real Madrid move into the top four of La Liga with a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
Oct 5, 21:51
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