Because I Am a Muslim — Karim Benzema on Saudi move

Because I Am a Muslim — Karim Benzema on Saudi move

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 06:59 - 09.06.2023
Former Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema revealed the opportunity to live in a Muslim country was a major factor in his decision to move to Saudi Arabia.

Benzema completed his move from Real Madrid to Al-Ittihad on Tuesday and was unveiled in front of 60,000 people at the club’s King Abdullah Sports City. 

Benzema's motivations for joining Al-Ittihad

Al Ittihad star Karim Benzema

Speaking to the  Al Ittihad club media, when asked why he chose the club, the forward replied:

 “Because it’s one of the top clubs in Saudi Arabia. It’s a club that sees a lot of passion from the fans and has many trophies.

When asked why Saudi Arabia, Benzema added: “Because I’m Muslim and this is a Muslim country, and I have always wanted to live here.

“It’s different, it’s different to Europe. I’ve already been to Saudi Arabia and I feel good about it. Most importantly, it’s a Muslim country, it’s beloved and it’s beautiful.

“It’s where I want to be because it’s important for me to be in a Muslim country, where I feel people (are) already like me. It will allow me to have a new life and I can’t wait to live there and to speak Arabic fluently, it’s important for me.

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Benzema will earn a reported €200m a year for playing in Saudi Arabia and Al-Ittihad are primed to add more superstars before the close of the window.

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