Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Owen feels grateful to Benzema for reviving his career

Owen feels grateful to Benzema for reviving his career

29-year-old Benzema has scored 183 goals for Real Madrid in 377 games, and his near-one goal in two record is something many players can only dream of.

In July, the Court of Cassation - France's court of final appeals in civil and criminal proceedings - ruled in Benzema's favour.

A pair of FIFA Club World Cups are also in the trophy cabinet.

Benzema concedes that his exile from the Les Blues setup is likely to continue for the foreseeable future but, with a World Cup year fast approaching, the former Lyon star has called on Deschamps to only focus on matters that take place on the field. There was that sex tape affair, it was also because of that.

"Everybody has gotten involved and we have forgotten football".

'It felt that he thought they were amusing and the truth is that if he was someone that I respected, then in that moment I lost my cool'.

The 81-time capped global generally ignores such insults and gets on with his work, but, speaking in an interview with Canal Plus France today, Benzema revealed that one instance of criticism aimed in his direction during his early years at the Bernabeu left him with no choice but to speak up. It's been two years that I've not been playing [for France].

"It's complicated, I'm not stupid but I want to win something with my country", he confirmed. "He is someone I respect, but he turned his back on me, it's hurtful".

"It's different from how I played at Lyon".

"I do not see myself as a substitute in football, I'm not going there to be on the bench, but if I don't deserve to be a starter and there's a better person than me, it's no problem". I respect him and I have always respected him.

Benzema and Ronaldo are yet to hit top form for Real Madrid this season.

"He impresses because he is young", Benzema said of the Paris Saint-Germain striker. He likes to play with one touch of the ball. "He could have come to Real, and that would have been good".

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