It is impossible to read a newspaper in Spain on Monday without seeing a photo of Karim Benzema carried in triumph. The Frenchman scored on penalty kicks for his last match with Real Madrid the day before against Athletic Club (1-1), on the final day of La Liga. The Madrid press pays tribute to the 2nd best scorer in the history of the Merengue.
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Adios y gracias" ("Farewell and thank you"), soberly headlines the daily AS, which evokes "an emotional Santiago Bernabeu stadium". Marca takes up a popular local expression, "de Madrid al cielo" ("from Madrid to heaven"), meaning that after passing through the capital, paradise awaits us. "De aqui a la historia" ("From here to history"), sanctifies Marca for one of the greatest players in the history of Real.
The general press honours Benzema
In Catalonia, they first promote the Barcelona women who brought back the Champions League, but Benzema is nevertheless pictured on the front page of Sport and Mundo Deportivo. Sports media that are not the only ones sensitive to Benzema's departure. El Pais, daily N.1 in Spain, makes its photo of front page on the French. Same for El Mundo and La Razon. "Real Madrid says goodbye to a legend," he applauded.
The French press is also not unaware of the page that is turning in Madrid. "Benzema is leaving like a king," observes L'Equipe, which devotes three pages to the former Lyonnais and his "royal imprint" left at Real. "A goal to celebrate his farewell to Madrid," also says on the front page Le Parisien, witness of a "legend" who "bowed out, head high".