Gary Lineker managed to irritate Real Madrid fans, and even their manager Zinedine Zidane, with a tweet he posted about Karim Benzema last week.
The former Barcelona striker, who was analysing Spurs’ 1-1 draw against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu for BT Sport, tweeted: “Is it me or is Benzema a tad overrated? A goal every other game in a team as strong as Real Madrid is decent, not great.”
Lineker’s tweet sparked a huge debate. Some people were in agreement with the Match of the Day host while others thought it was harsh.
Zidane, who opted to keep Benzema instead of Alvaro Morata, was incensed by Lineker’s comments.
“I don't know if people think the No 9 has to score 50 goals. Karim is not going to score 60 goals, but he will score 25, and he will give 30 passes to goal,” the French coach fired back. “Such comments annoy me but they cannot be avoided. For me he is the best by some distance.”
Zidane defends Benzema
He added: “Everyone can give an opinion and some people might believe a No 9 has to score more goals but it's not just about that.
“Karim has everything. He scores goals. He doesn't score 50 but he does get 25 or 30 a year, that's what he'll score this season.
“I’m more interested with how he combines with other players. What pleases me is good football. People can give their opinion that a No 9 should be about goals, okay, but that's not my philosophy.”
After Piers Morgan teased Lineker about Zidane’s comments, the former England international tweeted: “Just thrilled he’s heard of me.”
Lineker brings up Benzema again with Kane tweet
However, he wasn’t finished there.
When Harry Kane broke the deadlock against Liverpool this afternoon, Lineker took another opportunity to have a cheeky pop at Zidane and Benzema.
“Harry Kane scores again,” he wrote. “Thankfully Zidane thinks Benzema is the best so they won’t be interested in poaching him.”
Very sassy, Gary!
Twitter reacts to Lineker's tweet
Here’s how Lineker’s followers reacted to the tweet…
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