By joining the Saudi League this summer, like many others following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2022 Golden Ball exposed itself to a considerable round of criticism at the time of its decision. Logical criticisms given the wishes expressed by the Frenchman to end his career at Real Madrid. But since he arrived, Karim Benzema has not been unanimously unanimous with his performances. The local media came down on him recently, targeting in particular his lack of involvement and his attitude within the Al-Ittihad team. Jean-Michel Larqué, at the microphone of “Rothen s’ignre” on RMC, also did not go out of his way to describe the Frenchman’s situation this season.
“Of course, everyone does what they want, but having a successful exit is important. I remember that he had expressed the wish one day to finish his career at Real Madrid. He had the opportunity. He could have stopped by leaving through the front door, after having brought several titles and obtained the Golden Ball” explains the RMC consultant. The former midfielder also made the same remarks as the Saudi media. “I sometimes watch the matches in Saudi Arabia and he no longer has his legs. The twilight of a career is a terrible thing. It's a losing battle. He no longer has the desire. He misses his exit. It's not a big deal, but it's a losing battle and I feel like he could have walked out the front door. He didn’t do it, it’s a shame.” he concluded.
In 20 matches in all competitions this season, Benzema has scored 12 goals. Recently the French striker deactivated his Instagram account which further raised questions about his behavior.