A last night of celebration, with a goal scored for Real Madrid against Bilbao (his 354th in Spain) on Sunday night, and a tribute from his partners as well as the supporters of the Santiago Bernabeu. Karim Benzema could not have dreamed of a better night before leaving Madrid after 14 years of a history forever etched in his mind and that of the greatest club in the world.
Carlo Ancelotti and Karim Benzema JUAN MEDINA / REUTERS
Asked about the departure of his 35-year-old striker, Carlo Ancelotti could only praise the former Lyonnais, who is expected to commit to Saudi Arabia in the coming days. "It surprised everyone, but you have to understand it," says the Italian technician. On Saturday, he was training normally and this Sunday he had made his decision. He has thought a lot and it will impact our club, which will continue to grow without him. I had the honour of coaching one of the greatest players in the world, one of the best strikers. Thank you for everything he has done here. He is a legend, he will remain in the hearts of Real. »