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UK TREND : Benzema joins Saudi champions Al-Ittihad

UK TREND : Benzema joins Saudi champions Al-Ittihad
فريق التحرير 7 June 2023

After departing from Real Madrid, Ballon d’Or recipient Karim Benzema has reached an agreement for a three-year contract with Al-Ittihad, the reigning champions of Saudi Arabia. The 35-year-old French striker, who accumulated an impressive collection of 25 trophies during his 14-year tenure at Madrid, including five Champions League titles and four La Liga triumphs, was granted permission to leave his contract a year ahead of schedule.

Benzema expressed his positive outlook on the league, saying, “It’s a competitive league with numerous talented players. Cristiano Ronaldo, a friend of mine, is already playing there, which demonstrates Saudi Arabia’s continuous progress in raising its footballing standards. My objective remains the same – to win, just as I did in Europe.” Al-Ittihad is currently under the management of former Wolves and Tottenham boss, Nuno Espirito Santo.

Benzema joins Saudi champions Al-Ittihad

Following this announcement, hashtags such as #Saudi and #Benzema have gained worldwide traction on Twitter. Fans have been jubilantly celebrating the news, attributing this development to the undeniable influence of Ronaldo.


It was revealed that Benzema secured a lucrative contract worth €100 million per year with Al-Ittihad Football Club in Saudi Arabia. This agreement follows a strategic move by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who recognizes the importance of sports as a significant component in diversifying the country’s economy away from oil and expanding its tourism industry.


Fans took to Twitter to highlight the evident shift in circumstances. Initially, some mocked Ronaldo when he predicted that the Saudi League would become one of the top five leagues in the next few years. However, the current situation speaks for itself, as the likes of Benzema, Messi, Son, Kante, Ramos, and numerous others are now being drawn to the league, largely influenced by Ronaldo’s impact.


They expressed that Ronaldo paved the path for Benzema, Kante, and Messi to soon join the Saudi league, establishing himself as the enduring leader.

The remarkable impact of Cristiano Ronaldo was evident as fans observed that his presence in the Saudi league for just one season had already prompted the arrivals of Kante and Benzema, leading them to credit it as the “Goat influence.”

It was widely acknowledged that Ronaldo brought about a significant transformation in the world of football, particularly in Saudi Arabia and throughout Asia. The presence of other prominent players being associated with the Saudi league is largely attributed to Cristiano’s pioneering move, which set the precedent.

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