A few days after he announced an end to his international career with the French national team, after his controversial absence from the Qatar World Cup 2022, the Real Madrid striker, and the owner of the Golden Ball for the best player in the current year, Karim Benzema, is proceeding to permanently cut his ties with the French national team, after he By unfollowing a number of his former colleagues in the roosters team from his Instagram account.
Last Monday, Karim Benzema announced, in a post on his official account on the “Instagram” site, his retirement from playing with the French national team, by publishing a picture of the rooster national team shirt accompanied by a message in which he said: “I made efforts to be who I am today and I am proud of that, I wrote my story and our end.” ".
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But the player, who was absent from France's campaign in the World Cup in Qatar, moved another distance from the roosters when, on Friday, he unfollowed the accounts of all his former teammates on Instagram except for his Real Madrid colleagues, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Chuamini, as well as Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane and Marcus Thuram. .
And these five players are only among those who participated in the Qatar World Cup 2022, and Karim Benzema still follows them on the “Instagram” communication platform, and he still maintains the official account of the French national team on the same site among the accounts that he follows.
Despite this, media sources indicate that Benzema's hypothetical move to delete the follow-up of a number of roosters is an indication that he has decided to boycott France permanently.
Mbappe was one of only 5 players from the French national team that Benzema did not cut ties with on Instagram (Getty Images)
Karim Benzema left the French national team camp one day before the start of the World Cup in Qatar due to injury, to miss the World Cup finals for the second time after he was the biggest absentee from winning the title in Russia 2018 following disagreements with his coach Didier Deschamps and the French Football Federation.
A few days before the 2022 World Cup final, which France lost to Argentina on penalties (4-2) after the end of the match (3-3), some French newspapers raised the tension in the relationship between Benzema and his coach Deschamps, who ignored talk about a possible return of Real Madrid's top scorer to the roosters' camp, and at the same time Benzema announced that he was not interested in returning, nor in attending and watching the final.
Last October, Karim Benzema won the 2022 Golden Ball award (Reuters)
The same sources revealed that the relationship between Benzema and Deschamps took an escalating turn since the first was crowned with the 2022 Golden Ball award, which France Football magazine awards to the best player in the world, when he ignored the mention of the France coach as one of those who contributed to his brilliance.
Before retiring from playing with France at the age of 35, Karim Benzema played 97 international matches, scoring 37 goals, while winning one title, the European Nations League 2021.