April 13, 2024

Benzema, the piquant nickname

A few months after Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Al-Nassr, Karim Benzema chose to join Saudi Arabia. Recruited by Al-Ittihad, the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner has signed a three-season contract, with an annual salary of 200 million euros. With such sums, managers and fans were expecting the best from their new recruit. But fans have begun to be disillusioned, and some of them are now c…

A few months after Cristiano Ronaldo signed for Al-Nassr, Karim Benzema chose to join Saudi Arabia. Recruited by Al-Ittihad, the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner has signed a three-season contract, with an annual salary of 200 million euros. With such sums, managers and fans were expecting the best from their new recruit. But fans have begun to be disillusioned, and some of them are now criticizing the player, who has suddenly left social networks in recent days. 147s’. And the defiance towards the former Real Madrid man didn’t stop there, as he was given a nasty nickname.

Not enough effort

Commenting on Al-Ittihad’s elimination at the hands of Al-Ahly in the Club World Cup on December 15, Walid Al-Farraj made the following observation: One phrase kept coming back to some of the supporters. They called Benzema ‘Ben-Hazima’, literally in Arabic, the son of defeat. A player who doesn’t try hard enough. It’s as if he were saying to the fans, ‘Thank God I’m playing for you’. However, the picture is not all bleak for Karim Benzema, who