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French Player, Karim Benzema Announces Retirement From International Football

Less than 24 hours following France’s heartbreaking World Cup final loss to Argentina, Karim Benzema announced his retirement from international football.

Benzema was a member of the France team that played in Qatar; however, he was forced to withdraw from the competition due to a thigh injury.

On his 35th birthday, he made the announcement, writing, “I made the effort and the mistakes it took to be where I am today and I’m proud of it! I have written my story and ours is ending.”

When Benzema made his international debut for Les Bleus in 2007, he scored 37 goals in 97 games.

After being convicted of complicity in blackmail in a sex tape case that shocked French football, the 35-year-old was banned from consideration for the national team for five years.

He was called up by France coach Didier Deschamps in 2021 before the European Championship, where he scored four goals in a round of 16 exit.

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