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Karim Benzema Explains Why He Chose Saudi Arabia After Leaving Real Madrid
- Karim Benzema has revealed the real reason why he moved to Saudi Arabia
- The reigning Ballon d'Or award holder inked a lucrative deal with Al-Ittihad
- Benzema is likely to be joined by Chelsea's N'Golo Kante for the next season
Karim Benzema has disclosed why he chose to move to Saudi Arabia after leaving Real Madrid at the end of the 2022/2023 season.
Benzema followed in the footsteps of ex-Real Madrid teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, by inking a head-spinning three-year deal with Saudi Pro League Champions, Al-Ittihad.
The Frenchman's future in the Middle East looks exceedingly lucrative, as reports suggest he is poised to earn a staggering sum of around €200 million (£172m/$213m) per season, MARCA reports.
Nevertheless, he was swift to emphasise that his choice to exchange Spain for the oil-rich nation was driven not solely by financial motives, but also by a profound religious connection.
"Well, because I'm Muslim, and this is a Muslim country, and I have always wanted to live here," he told the club's media team, as quoted by GOAL.
Benzema's transfer highlights the increasing impact and eagerness of Saudi Arabian clubs to make substantial investments in elite players, as they strive to position the country as a favoured hub for football stars.
His arrival carries the anticipation of bolstering an already formidable team nursing aspirations of both continental and global glory, with upcoming participation in the Asian Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.
Benzema reveals Saudi ambitions
In related coverage, Sports Brief reported on Benzema revealing his real intentions after inking a three-year deal with Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.
The reigning champions confirmed the acquisition of Benz, who brought his 14 years with Real Madrid to an end at the close of the 2022/23 season.
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The Frenchman's decision to move to the Saudi Pro League, which took his team by surprise, adds to the number of A-listers gracing the oil-rich nation.
Benzema signs for Al-Ittihad
Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Ballon d'Or winner, Benzema joining Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia after signing a three-year deal with Al-Ittihad this week.
He will join his former Real Madrid teammate in the Middle East after the Portuguese veteran joined Al-Nassr from Manchester United earlier this year.