"Real Madrid and our captain Karim Benzema have agreed to end his brilliant and unforgettable period as a player for our club," the club said on its website.

Benzema was only 21 years old when he joined the Spanish giant. 14 years later, it is now clear that he is moving on in his career. What the next step will be is not yet clear.

The Frenchman received the Ballon d'Or for 2021/2022, a season that ended with a Champions League title, and with that included has secured a whopping 25 titles at Real, which is more than any other player.

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Benzema quits the national team. Photo: Bildbyrån