Karim Benzema was recruited by the Al-Ittihad club at the start of the summer, and is now enjoying the glory days of the Saudi Pro League. However, the transfer of KB9 to the Persian Gulf state does not come down to a single question of football.
In the madness of the last transfer window, it was one of the first bombs of the summer. Last June, Karim Benzema left Real Madrid after 14 years of good and loyal service at the Casa Blanca. If this somewhat brutal end to the adventure surprised some Merengues supporters, the destination of the former French team striker was even more surprising.
Look at the life we have 🤍 Happy Saudi National Day 🇸🇦 pic.twitter.com/6NCYlO1itm
— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) 23 September 2023
While Karim Benzema could have chosen the discovery of a new championship or an emotional comeback to Lyon, the club from his beginnings, the Real Madrid legend ultimately made a different choice, much more unexpected. It was thus towards Saudi Arabia that KB9 flew after its long adventure in the Spanish capital. The Al-Ittihad club has actually bought the former star of the Santiago Bernabeu.
National Rally tackles Karim Benzema
Many other players have also followed in the footsteps of Karim Benzema such as Neymar, Sadio Mané or Riyad Mahrez. For Saudi Arabia, the arrival of these huge football stars goes far beyond football, it is also a way to give a more positive image of this absolute monarchy across the planet.
Jordan Bardella on Karim Benzema in traditional Saudi dress: “I think he is a fellow traveler in Islamist ideology” pic.twitter.com/PEE6qrBsui
— BFMTV (@BFMTV) 24 September 2023
On the occasion of Saudi Arabia’s National Day, Karim Benzema published a photo of himself on his social networks in traditional dress accompanied by the caption: “Look at the Life We Have”. This highlighting of a country with a still rather negative image clearly failed to provoke reactions on social networks.
Jordan Bardella, president of the National Rally, also offered his commentary on the set of BFMTV. “I think he is a fellow traveler in Islamist ideology. […]. At least he is consistent. He wants an Islamist lifestyle, he went to Saudi Arabia. especially coped with the young leader of the RN.