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Stunning Photos of Benzema Emerge As Ex Madrid Star Lands in Saudi Ahead of Al Ittihad Unveiling
- Karim Benzema agreed to a three-year deal with Saudi Arabian champions Al-Ittihad after leaving Real Madrid
- The 35-year-old scored 354 goals for Real, second only to Cristiano Ronaldo, who also plays for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League
- He is set to be unveiled by the Jeddah giants later this week
Karim Benzema has finally landed in Saudi Arabia ahead of his official unveiling as a player for Al-Ittihad.
Benzema was confirmed as a player of the Jeddah-based club on Tuesday after bringing his 14-year stint with Real Madrid to an end.
The 35-year-old joins the 2022-23 Saudi Pro League champions as the reigning Ballon d'Or holder, having won a staggering 25 titles with Los Blancos and reaching the enviable landmark of the club's second highest goalscorer of all-time.
On Wednesday, June 7, Benzema touched down in Jeddah amid a rapturous reception as Al Ittihad continue to bolster their squad for the new season.
Aside from Benzema, the Tigers have reportedly completed the signing of Chelsea's N'Golo Kante as they lay assault on the transfer market with their bottomless war chest.
Here are six stunning photos from his arrival:
Benzema talks big
In a related publication, Sports Brief reported that Karim Benzema has revealed his real intentions after inking a three-year deal with Al-Ittihad.
The reigning Saudi champions confirmed the acquisition of Benzema, who brought his 14-year association with Real Madrid to a conclusion at the end of the 2022-23 season.
The Frenchman's decision to move to the Saudi Pro League, which took Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti by surprise, adds to the growing number of A-list stars to grace the oil-rich nation.
Benzema joins Al-Ittihad
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Real Madrid's Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema will join Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia after signing a three-year deal with Al-Ittihad, the Jeddah-based club confirmed on Tuesday.
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The announcement regarding Benzema comes days after Real Madrid said that the 35-year-old Benzema was leaving the club after 14 seasons, the day after coach Carlo Ancelotti had insisted there was "no doubt" Benzema's future was in the Spanish capital.
Benzema held a goodbye ceremony at Real's training ground on Tuesday.