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Benzema – They criticize great players like us to sell newspapers
- Updated: April 17, 2018
Under fire Real Madrid FC striker and Frenchman Karim Benzema has reacted to the numerous criticisms he has received recently due to his relatively poor output on the field of play with regards to hitting the back of the net considering the quality of players that play alongside him. Benzema has been criticised heavily by both fans and critics alike, and this comes as no surprise going by his attacking numbers so far this season.
The Frenchman has endured a torrid 2017/2018 campaign in front of goal, with just 5 goals to his name in the La Liga. However, he was not short of words in an interview with Vanity Fair as he spoke in his own defense against the various criticisms he has been made to bear recently.
“The great players are always criticised because we sell newspapers,” he explained.
“If I have a bad game, I don’t need to read the press to know about it.
“I always play to help my teammates and to try to win everything but I don’t care if my name is in the papers, it doesn’t mean anything’
Meanwhile, Benzema was full of praise for Real Madrid FC president Florentino Perez for his unwavering support during a difficult period in his personal life, when he faced imprisonment for a night for the part he played in the Mathieu Valbuena blackmail case.
“After spending a day in prison, I returned very sad and Florentino waited for me in Valdebebas,” the Frenchman recollected.
“He gave me all of his affection and is with me in both the good and bad times, he is like family to me.”
The striker was not ignorant of his shortcomings on the pitch as he opened up on the changes he had to make to develop his game better. He credited these efforts with the turnaround of his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“When I was 23, I realised that I had to be more disciplined or else I would end up back in France,” explained Benzema.
“I made many sacrifices to get to this point. One of them was to stop eating everything I wanted to. That’s the biggest sacrifice I’ve made.”
He didn’t forget to make mention of some the controversies that sprung up at certain times in his national team career, one of which was his refusal to sign to the French national anthem before the commencement of games
“If we listen to La Marseillaise, it is a call to go to war and I don’t like that,” he said firmly.