Connect with us

Football

How long was Karim Benzema out of France team? What happened to him and Mathieu Valbuena?

How long was Karim Benzema out of France team? What happened to him and Mathieu Valbuena?

In May, Didier Deschamps announced his France’s 26-man for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, including Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema who had been out of Les Bleus for six years. At times, it seemed that Benzema would never pull on the national team shirt again.

What happened to Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena?

Over the past decade, Benzema is considered as one of the most prolific strikers in world football. Although his successful club level, Benzema has never been mirrored at international level with France. He missed out on Euro 2016, in which France who was the hosts and beaten finalists. He was forced to watch on in envy as Les Bleus clinched their second world title at the 2018 World Cup.
Back to 2015, Benzema was exiled from national team in the aftermath of sex tape dispute with former Les Bleus team-mate Mathieu Valbuena. The Madrid striker was indefinitely suspended by the president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noel Le Graet and not featured for France since then. 
In 2021 in the build-up to Euro 2020, France icons Zinedine Zidane insisted that it was unreasonable that Benzema’s continued exclusion from the French panel.

Is Benzema guilty in Valbuena blackmail case?

On November 24, 2021, A Versailles judge ruled that Benzema was part of an attempt to extort former international teammate Valbuena, sentencing him with one-year suspended prison lus a fine of $84,000.
Benzema denied these allegations and insisted that he was only trying to aid Valbuena’s attempt to destroy the video.

Advertisement

Must See

More in Football