Real Madrid: 3 ways Karim Benzema’s return will help France

France, Karim Benzema (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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France, Karim Benzema (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
France, Karim Benzema (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images) /

Karim Benzema brings goals, as an in-form player

Right now, Benzema is in the form of his life and he is one of the best strikers in the world. He has been playing at an extraordinary level for Real Madrid since 2018, ever since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus. In this season, he has 29 goals and 8 assists to his name from 45 appearances, while in the last three seasons he has a combined total of 86 goals.

When a player is in such brilliant form, any manager would like to keep the differences aside and call them up for the betterment of the team. And Didier Deschamps did the same, by calling up Benzema. The legendary Real Madrid No. 9 would love to make the best use of this chance, continue his purple patch into the National team as well, and score some goals while wearing the blue jersey of France.

Benzema has 81 caps for France, as he had been involved with the national setup since a young age.  He has 27 goals and 18 assists in his international career, and he would be definitely looking forward to improving those numbers. But Benzema has a strong rival for his position in Olivier Giroud, with whom he shares some history of the rivalry. Giroud hasn’t played a lot this season, as he had played just 1200 minutes of club football, scoring 11 goals for Chelsea in the process, as their third-choice striker.

Comparing Benzema and Giroud talent-wise and match fitness-wise, it would be a no-brainer for Didier Deschamps to start Benzema, with Benzema being more of a complete footballer compared to Giroud. But given Giroud’s exploits in international football, where he had scored 44 goals for France and is just behind Thierry Henry in the list of France’s all-time highest goalscorers, Deschamps will have a huge decision to make.

But all Benzema needs is just an opportunity, even as a substitute, with him being highly motivated to make this opportunity count.