A Hollywood presentation. On Thursday evening, after nearly two hours of waiting for some, tens of thousands of supporters of the Al-Ittihad club, gathered at King Abdullah Stadium, attended the presentation of their star recruit, the 2022 Ballon d'Or Karim Benzema. In a yellow and black case, KB9, dressed in a shirt and a scarf of the club, received a warm ovation from his new supporters who chanted "Benzema! Benzema! »
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Appearing on the pitch after an entry worthy of a rock star, the French striker split a guard of honor to arrive at the center of the lawn, welcomed by the speaker. Karim Benzema, in an incredible pyrotechnic show, then said a few words in English and then in Arabic. A gesture appreciated by the spectators who cheered him before he brandished his Ballon d'Or in front of the public.
The ballon d'or is brightening up the stadium 🤩🔥 #Benzema2Ittihad pic.twitter.com/iSFmuPFWNw
— Ittihad Club (@ittihad_en) June 8, 2023
"Thank you very much. I hope we will do great things, bring the team to a high level," said the Frenchman. I chose Al-Ittihad because they are a good team. There are some amazing fans. I will do everything I can on the pitch to bring the club to the highest level. »
Earlier in the day, Benzema explained in a video his choice to join Saudi Arabia: "I am Muslim, it is a Muslim country and I want to live there. It's important to be in a Muslim country where I already feel that people love me, it will allow me to have a new life. I want to speak Arabic fluently, for me it's important. »