Karim Benzema takes shot at French coach Didier Deschamps, after announcing retirement from national duty due to World Cup selection dispute

Karim Benzema has made the decision to leave international football after 97 appearances and 37 goals, including a disappointing World Cup campaign in which he was initially named to the squad but later left out due to thigh injury. He suggests that, the way he was treated by France manager Didier Deschamps was a terrible experience for him.

After serving a lengthy suspension imposed in 2015 for assisting in the blackmail of his teammate Mathieu Valbuena, Benzema was reinstated into Deschamps’ France national team during the 2021 Euros. However, Switzerland Knocked them out of the tournament in the Round of 16.

Benzema was in peak form after his recent Ballon d’Or success and had high expectations for a heroic World Cup campaign, but those desires were dashed before the competition even started, but he effortlessly gained the fitness quickly enough to be fit.

He reportedly participated in the workouts in Madrid and looked in good shape as the competition reached the knockout round.

Benzema uploaded a picture to Twitter with the caption “974”, which obviously refers to the stadium where France was set to play Poland in their round of 16 games.

The reality is that the France coach did not want to add him back to the team mostly upsets him.

Later, France’s President, Emmanuel Macron invited Karim to join him in the stands to witness the final, but the Real Madrid superstar declined.

Deschamps miscalculated and in the end, lost in the final against Argentina where a fit Karim ‘Mercedes Benzema’ would have been formidable for France.

Salah Uddin Rafi

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Sports Content Writer. Covering F1, Tennis, Naskar and mostly Soccer. Graduated from Jahangirnagar University. A game of football is relentlessly uncompromised because passion runs thick through the veins.


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