Al-Ittihad vs Al Nassr was positively a match to observe. The match, which happened on December 26, 2023, introduced ex-Actual Madrid stars Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo again collectively on the pitch, however it did not work out because the Frenchman would have hoped as he was pressured to delete his social media accounts afterwards… till now.
The powerful 5-2 defeat began a backlash on Benzema’s social media accounts, the place the criticism obtained triggered the footballer to shut his Instagram account with 76 million followers.
However Benzema’s numbers contrasted with the magnitude of the criticism, as he has scored 12 objectives in 20 video games and has been decisive at the least as soon as per recreation.
Nonetheless, the followers’ harshness finally exhausted the participant’s persistence. Thus, the previous Actual Madrid star opted to shut his social networks within the face of the unhealthy second his membership goes by.
Benzema’s on-line purge
Two months later, the Frenchman put an finish to his self-distancing by recovering his Instagram account, however not with out first performing a cleanup that deserves to be checked out.
Earlier than recovering his account, Karim Benzema had greater than 62 million followers and 2000 posts, from his time at Madrid, with the French nationwide crew, at his new membership… and a number of other posts from his sponsors. He adopted 137 accounts, together with all of his former Actual Madrid teammates.
Nonetheless, one of many first choices he made after his return was to take away all football-related images (solely the picture of him with the Ballon d’Or survived the cull) and cease following everybody besides his sponsors.
Proper now, the striker solely follows eight accounts: GQ Center East, Adidas, Bugatti, Technogym, Al-Ittihad, Donatella Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier … and Actual Madrid.
Benzema’s tensions within the crew
Within the background is the ‘conflict’ he has along with his coach, Marcelo Gallardo. The Argentinian hasn’t forgiven the truth that the Frenchman didn’t present up for coaching in January with the remainder of the crew, for which he was punished by not going to the winter coaching camp in Dubai.
However final Monday, Karim returned to coaching, however Gallardo left him out of the match performed on Wednesday and the 2 nonetheless haven’t any relationship. The ‘conflict’ appears whole.
This Friday (Feb 9) afternoon there have been rumors coming from Saudi Arabia that Al-Ittihad had stopped following his participant on social networks, a indisputable fact that, if confirmed, may additional recommend that this feud doesn’t appear to have an answer.
“Time will inform what occurs now however I would be the one who will select when my profession ends or not,” Benzema confessed in his interview with GQ. “For many individuals carrying the 9 on their again means scoring 50 objectives a season…
“However for me it implies that I’m one of many 11 gamers and I need to do every part I can to assist the crew rating and win.
“Being in Saudi Arabia is a brand new problem [and one] that I like: a long-term undertaking and in a Muslim nation. I am not solely a soccer participant right here in Saudi Arabia, I am additionally an envoy.
“I’m right here to carry nice European gamers, within the close to future, even when there are already nice gamers within the Saudi league. Our problem is to lift it to the identical degree of the European Leagues.”