It’s official: Karim Benzema signs with Saudi champions Al-Ittihad

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Karim Benzema, who left Real Madrid, has reached an agreement on a three-year contract with Saudi Arabia’s top team, Al-Ittihad.

35-year-old French striker Benzema played for Madrid for 14 years and won 25 trophies with them, including five Champions Leagues and four La Ligas. However, they allowed him to leave a year early from the end of his contract.

He was Real’s second-highest scorer with 354 goals, just behind Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo, who scored 450 goals for Real Madrid, also plays for Al-Nassr, a Saudi club.

Benzema said, “There are many good players in the Saudi league. I’ve had the good fortune to accomplish amazing things in my career and complete my goals in Spain and Europe. It appears that the time is now right for a fresh challenge.”

Nuno Espirito Santo, a former manager of Wolves and Tottenham, is in charge of Al-Ittihad.

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