1. LUIS SUAREZ burst into tears after leaving Barcelona’s training ground for to be the last time
  2. Luis Suárez will be from Atlético
  3. Alvaro Morata arrive to Turin
  4. Arturo Vidal, on his way to Milan to close his transfer with Inter
  5. Bale is back
  6. Bale is close to Tottenham but is not closed
  7. Real Madrid close the sale of Reguilón with Tottenham
  8. Man Utd announce Donny van de Beek transfer and will wear No 34 shirt
  9. James Rodríguez will be Everton’s new player in the Premier League
  10. Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1 (5-4 pens): Aubameyang gives Arsenal the Community Shield
  11. Barcelona fires its law firm for advising Messi
  12. BODYARMOR Becomes Official Sports Drink of Inter Miami CF
  13. Inter Miami CF Announces Diego Alonso’s Full Technical Staff
  14. This is Barcelona fans’ new year request…
  15. Welcome back to Milan; the second coming of Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  16. Ronaldo defies the law of gravity to score a goal against Sampdoria
  17. What a boring goaless El Clasico !!!
  18. Let’s talk about UCL round of 16 fixtures
  19. Jurgen klopp signs contract extension with Liverpool till 2024
  20. Napoli sacks manager Carlo Ancellotti
  21. Lionel Messi wins the ballon d’or for a record 6th time
  22. José Mourinho can bring Gareth Bale back to Tottenham Hotspur
  23. José Mourinho’s new reign at Tottenham Hotspur
  24. A tale of two different Ronaldos
  25. Kyllian Mbappe makes history with a century goals
  26. Debunking Pele’s myth in soccer
  27. The decline of Brazilian soccer
  28. Real Madrid’s Galácticos (2005-06); the best ever?
  29. Where does the MLS stand among other top soccer leagues?
  30. Imagine Messi and Ronaldo playing for the same team(Barca)
  31. Cristiano Ronaldo is world most famous person
  32. The Liverpool-Manchester United rivalry
  33. Juventus obsession with winning the champions league
  34. What if Pep Guardiola decides to coach Real Madrid?
  35. The greatest entertainer in soccer’s history
  36. Arsenal new striking trio(P.A.L)
  37. Ronaldo hits a new milestone: 700 career goals
  38. Real Madrid and Vinicius Jnr: Catch them young
  39. Who is Juventus all time best soccer player
  40. Real Madrid’s greatest mistake of the century: Selling Cristiano Ronaldo
  41. José Mourinho next club
  42. Why hasn’t Lionel Messi received a standing ovation at Santiago Bernabeu stadium?
  43. Who made the number 12 jersey famous in soccer?
  44. The rise and fall of Ronaldinho (especially the fall)
  45. The Madrid derby; another goaless encounter
  46. Cristiano Ronaldo is Europe’s best soccer player ever
  47. Can Chelsea do the impossible and win the EPL this season?
  48. Review of 2019/20 EPL week 7 matches.
  49. Karim Benzema is Real Madrid’s emperor; a cat with 9 lives
  50. Can Eden Hazard restore Real Madrid’s lost glory?
  51. Liverpool reaches Champions League Final after sensational comeback against Barcelona
  52. Ribery makes official his departure for Bayern at the end of the season
  53. Beckham and its partners may demolish Fort Lauderdale stadium to build Inter Miami headquarters
  54. Jonathan Dos Santos defends himself from criticism
  55. There will be no final Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League
  56. Juventus wins its eighth consecutive Italian league
  57. Inter Milan recognizes being “finalizing” the signing of Diego Godín
  58. Cristiano returns with a goal against Ajax
  59. Bayern Munich prepares € 80m for Nicolas Pépé!
  60. Houston, we have a problem: DaMarcus Beasley out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery
  61. Benfica qualifies in extremis
  62. Argentina and Colombia to co-host Copa América 2020
  63. Cristiano Ronaldo Hat-Trick drives Juventus into Champions League quarter-finals
  64. Zinedine Zidane back as Real Madrid Coach
  65. Newcastle stuns Everton with a comeback and wins 3-2
  66. Juventus beat Napoli and sentenced Serie A
  67. LA Galaxy pays homage to Beckham with a spectacular statue
  68. Liverpool back on top in Goalless draw with Manchester United
  69. Messi the greatest in La Liga History
  70. UEFA Europa League Update: Road to Baku
  71. Champions League Round of 16 – Leg 1 of 2 Update
  72. Nani Joins Orlando City
  73. UEFA Pleased With VAR’s use in Champions League games
  74. Crisis in Dortmund
  75. Is Son The Best Player of 2019 Premier League?
  76. Manchester United Additions to summer shopping list
  77. Gareth Bale Faces up to 12 Games of Suspension
  78. Barcelona to face Real Madrid in Copa del Rey Semifinals
  79. MLS season kicks off March 2. Here are the home openers
  80. Newcastle United signs Atlanta United forward Miguel Almiron for $26million
  81. Here’s what’s happening behind the scenes with David Beckham’s Inter Miami team
  82. Manchester United wealthiest club in Europe as Premier League dominates Uefa report
  83. The Top eight title races in Bundesliga
  84. Ronaldo comes on for Juve’s 2-2 draw at tough Atalanta
  85. It’s no longer a dream: Vinicius is a definite starter at Real Madrid
  86. Josef Martinez breaks combined MLS regular season-playoffs goal record
  87. Can Gonzalo Higuain feature in the Europa League if he joins Chelsea on loan in January?
  88. UEFA report highlights Jurgen Klopp’s astonishing Liverpool job as Reds compete with incredible finances of Man City

 

 

  In 2008, a young promising and relatively unknown French attacker was making the headlines in Europe with brilliant performances against top European teams like Manchester united and A.C Milan.

He was a teenager who debuted with Lyon of French Ligue 1 and was playing regularly with the likes of Michael Essien, Florent Malouda,etc..

So good he was that he was dubbed the “new Zidane”


In 2009, Madrid was looking for a replacement for Raul and they saw this young 21 year old as a replacement to Raul.

Both of them are natural number 9 players (because Cristiano came in also but as a winger).

And he was to understudy Raul in his last years before the Madrid legend and captain departed for Schalke 04.


So Madrid tabled a whooping £35m to Lyon and it was an offer too tempting to resist.

But the French side had to let their rising star player join the Spanish side.

And the rest today is more than history..it’s a story that is still told in the streets of Madrid.


Benzema Longevity in Madrid:

Jose Mourinho called Benzema a cat in 2011, and be was literally offended with that statement.

While many thought it was about his on and off moments on the pitch of football..

Little did they know that the ‘Special One’ was referring to the proverbial ‘cat with 9 lives


And truly we have seen that Benzema is a cat with more than 9 lives..

This is his eleventh season in Madrid, so his cat lives keep extending beyond the limited number 9.

How he manage to stay so long at Madrid I can’t say; but the fan’s love, his gentle and loving nature, Cristiano Ronaldo’s insistence on playing with Benzema always(why not, Benzema was a loyal servant who will easily give CR7 a pass to score when he can score it least the press will hear the cry baby’s voice after the match)


When Higuain was playing with Benzema and Ronaldo, most times Benzema comes off the bench as a substitute.

And news will spread of Benzema being shifted the next season to another club,

But he wasn’t; instead Higuain left for Napoli and the next season(2011/12) Benzema scored a total of 32 goals in all competition; his highest tally till date in Madrid.


Then came Madrid’s record signing in 2013, and Karim Benzema’s status and position again in the team was discussed.

But instead, he formed a deadly trio and partnership with the new Welshman and Ronaldo and they became the choice of attack for all Madrid’s coaches for a long time earning them the infamous BBC title.

And now, he has no rival as he is Madrid’s most in form striker who is bound to play another 2–3 seasons.

Last season, after Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus, he scored a total of 19 la liga goals and was always looked upon to save Madrid most times.

This season, he’s doing the same, his solo strike away to Sevilla sent Real Madrid comfortably to the top of la liga.


Conclusion:

In Robert Greene “48 laws of Power”, he talked about how good and strategic kings, Queens and Emperors outwitted oppositions and enemies and stayed at the throne for a long time….

With his longevity at Madrid, you will understand that Benzema must have read Robert Greene’s book a thousand times.

And he practices every thing he has read; and now he is the only Emperor at Madrid.

Author: Okechukwu Ekemezie

The football doctor, Passionate football writer.
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