Karim Benzema



Karim Benzema was born in Lyon, France on 19 December 1987. A talented centre forward, who is also capable of playing on the wing when necessary, he is known for his power, technical skills and prolific goalscoring and is considered by many to be one of Europe's elite strikers.

Benzema began his youth career with local side Bron Terraillon, but joined Lyon in 1996 and made his way through the club's ranks. He eventually made his debut for the first team in 2004, playing a role in Ligue 1 title wins in 2004–05, 2005–06 and 2006–07. The 2007-08 season marked his true breakthrough into the first team, as he became an integral part of another league title success, scoring 20 league goals and 31 goals in all competitions. As a result, he was named as the Ligue 1 Player of the Year. His good pe...

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