Jean-Baptiste Sarrazin 18:05 pm, March 20, 2023

The French Football Federation (FFF) organizes, this Friday, a ceremony in tribute to former internationals who have recently retired, like Hugo Lloris or Raphaël Varane. A ceremony to which is invited the striker of Real Madrid Karim Benzema, who should however boycott the invitation.

Towards a definitive break? While the French Football Federation (FFF) must organize, this Friday, a ceremony in tribute to the former Blues who recently retired internationally, the striker of Real Madrid, although invited, should not make the trip to Paris. A new thumb of the nose of the Madrid striker towards the France team and coach Didier Deschamps with whom the Ballon d'Or 2022 has conflictual relations.

This ceremony, organized on the sidelines of the match of the France team against the Netherlands counting for the qualifications of Euro 2024, must honor the former players of the France team who have recently retired international such as Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane or Steve Mandanda. Karim Benzema, who also announced the end of his collaboration with Les Bleus after the 2022 World Cup, was also to receive a tribute from the FFF.

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Conflictual relationship with Deschamps

But between Didier Deschamps and Karim Benzema, nothing is going since the hasty departure of the striker from the Blue group ahead of the 2022 World Cup. While the former Lyonnais had made his return with the France team at Euro 2021 after a sidelining that lasted since October 2015, the link was broken again between the coach and the player during the 2022 World Cup.

Injured a few days before the start of the competition, Karim Benzema had hastily left the group. For Didier Deschamps, this injury did not allow the Ballon d'Or 2022 to recover in time to play the World Cup, an opinion that seems to dispute "KB9". In a recent interview with the newspaper Le Parisien, the coach of the Blues had again evoked this episode. Karim Benzema had responded indirectly on social networks with clown emoticons.

The break now seems definitive between the Blues and "KB9". Friday's ceremony is expected to put an end to that relationship. A brutal end for the fifth top scorer in the history of the Blues.