The 36-year-old striker, who is in a complicated situation with the Saudi club, disappeared from the social network Instagram this Wednesday, the day after a new defeat and new criticism.
Nothing is going right for Karim Benzema. The day after the Al-Ittihad team’s heavy defeat at home to Al-Nassr (5-2), the team of his former teammate, 2022 Ballon d’Or award winner Cristiano Ronaldo, deactivated his Instagram account. The former Real Madrid striker is the target of criticism for his performance at a time when his team has suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions.
Karim Benzema, who returned to competitions in mid-December due to back problems, missed the penalty against Al-Ahly in the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. He could not prevent the elimination of Al-Ittihad, who was the top scorer at the end of the match. Local consultant Walid al-Farraj then took his anger out on the former France international. He specifically stated, “He is not playing as he should (…) In short, he has not marked his own territory.”
“I am Hazima”
“An expression emerged among some fans. They called Benzema ‘Ben-Hazima’, which is Arabic for the son of defeat. The player who did not show enough effort,” he also stated. However, Karim Benzema, who scored 9 goals and 5 assists in 15 championship matches, does not seem to be unanimously accepted in the Middle East, where he runs from last July until 2026.
Al-Ittihad, which is in 6th place in the championship, is 22 points behind the Al-Hilal team, led by Neymar, who was seriously injured a few months ago, and Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. It seems that the 36-year-old striker, who has approximately 75 million subscribers on the social network Instagram, where he is regularly active, needs to recharge his batteries. His team is due to travel to Al Taee on Saturday, December 30, before a one-month break.