A striker for the France national team and the Spanish club Real Madrid, Karim Benzema was born on 19 December 1987. He first got picked up by the Lyon football club’s senior team in 2004 but it was the 2007-2008 season which saw him rise as a prolific striker. His skills were soon noticed by the Spanish club Real Madrid who signed Karim after paying a transfer fee worth over €35 million. Since joining the Real Madrid, Benzema has proved to be highly reliable for the club and has played a crucial role in many of his team’s major victories. Coming towards his international career, the French striker was first called up for the national team in 2007 and has gone on to represent his country in many major tournaments. While when it comes to his personal life, Karim Benzema has been in a number of romantic relationships over the years but he finally married model Cora Gauthier.
Karim Benzema Biceps Size Height Weight Body Measurements
|Real Name||Karim Mostafa Benzema|
|Profession||French Professional Footballer|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height||in centimeters- 187
in meters- 1.87 m
in Feet-Inches- 6’ 2”
|Weight||in Kilograms- 80 kg
in Pounds- 176 lbs
|Body Measurements||– Chest: 42 Inches
– Waist: 33½ Inches
– Biceps: 15½ Inches
|Eye Colour||Light Brown|
|Hair Colour||Dark Brown|
|Debut||Professional Debut– In 2004 for Lyon
International Debut– In 2007 for French International Team
|Achievements||• In 2007-08 season, Benzema scored 30 goals and helped Lyon win seventh straight League Title. Due to his performance he was named the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Ligue 1 Player of the Year and named to the organization’s Team of the Year. Benzema was also the league’s top scorer and given the Bravo Award by Italian Magazine Guerin Sportivo.
• In 2011, playing for Real Madrid he scored 32 goals and won Real Madrid Copa del Rey and La Liga of 2011-12 edition.
• He was named “French Player of the Year” for his performance in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
|Career Turning Point||At the start of his career, playing for Lyon, he scored 30 goals in 2007-08 seasons.|
|Date of Birth||19 December 1987|
|Age (as in 2018)||31 Years|
|Birth Place||Lyon, France|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Sagittarius|
|School||Benzema attended Olympique Lyonnais Academy|
|Educational Qualifications||Not known|
Mother– Wahida Djebbara
Brothers– Gressy Benzema,
Sabri Benzema, Farid Benzema
Sisters– Lydia Benzema, Nafissa Benzema,
Sofia benzema, Laeticia Benzema, Celia Benzema
|Hobbies||Riding Bikes and Cars,
listening to Music
|Controversies||• Benzema faced French judiciary for being charged with soliciting the underage prostitute. The charges were dropped in 2014.
• On 4 November 2015, Karim was arrested for potential sex tape blackmailing of his French fellow Mathieu Valbuena.
|Favourite Film||American Gangster Movies|
Girls, Family & More
|Affairs/Girlfriends||• Jenifer Yael (2012)
• Analica Chavez (2015).
• Rihanna (2015)
• Chloé de Launay has been in the long relationship with Benzema.
|Children||Daughter– Mélia (Born to Chloé de Launay)|
|Salary||$ 8.9 Million|
|Net Worth||$ 40 Million|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Karim Benzema
- Does Benzema smoke?: Yes
- Does Benzema drink Alcohol?: Yes
- Karim’s grand-father Da Lakehal Benzema was Algerian, he migrated to France in 1950.
- Karim is third youngest in his family of nine children.
- Karim’s father Hafid was also born in Tigzirt, Algeria whereas his mother Wahida Djebbara was born and raised in Lyon.
- Benzema is sponsored by German sportswear company Adidas and has, subsequently, appeared in several television advertisements for the brand.
- Benzema played for Lyon until 2009, after that he moved to Real Madrid for transfer fee worth over € 35 million.
- Benzema made his senior international debut in 2007 against Austria.
- Benzema is considered to be one of the most powerful strikers in the World.
- Denzel Washington is the favourite actor of Benzema.
- Ibiza, Spain is favourite holiday destination of Benzema.