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Karim Benzema's ordeal explained

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Karim Benzema is a real talent for club and country and his ability on the pitch has never been in question, but this latest scandal has refreshed our memories about the type of character the French international is away from football.

Indeed, his success at Lyon caught the attention of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who personally flew to the young forward's home to convince him to join the Galacticos. How could he refuse?

His reliability and consistency at scoring regularly has always made him stand out from the crowd. True, he is not in the same league as his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, with 22 goals in 46 matches as opposed to the Portuguese's 54 from 61 last season, but not many can compete with the former Manchester United forward.


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Big Problem

France, who are set to host Euro 2016 next year, might find themselves without not one, but two of their best players.

Benzema has recently been implicated in a sex-tape scandal involving Mathieu Valbuena. According to reports, three men who close to many of the French team came in the possession of the sex tape.

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Exactly how this happened is not clear, but one of these men allegedly contacted a relative of Benzema's. The striker then agreed to speak to Valbuena on their behalf, demanding payment in exchange for the tape.

According to the former Lyon forward, he played no part in the blackmail. Everything he did was done in good faith. The authorities are still trying to discover his exact role, but if found guilty, he could face up to five years in prison.

This, however, is not Benzema's first brush with the authorities. Last year he was also implicated in a scandal involving an under-age prostitute along with Franck Ribery.

Besides that, Benzema must be familiar with the authorities of both France and Spain having been involved in other various minor offences such as speeding. In fact, the 27-year-old has a court hearing on the day of the El Clasico.


But all of this drama cannot be amusing for Benzema's managers at club and country.

With Euro 2016 next year, friendlies against Germany and England will be a very good chance for France to test their capability.

But in the midst of life there is chaos. Benzema might genuinely be unfit, but it is more likely to be an intentional attempt of the management to 'rest' him. After all, one also has to consider Valbuena's feelings in the matter.

Whether Benzema is declared guilty or innocent, it might be a while before hostility between the pair completely ceases, especially if he is found innocent.

This state of affairs might prove trying for French coach Didier Deschamps, with the potential possibility of having to choose between one of the two.

Deschamps must, by now, be fairly tired of Benzema's escapades. It's one thing to have a player whose performance on the field is unreliable. You know how to handle those players and can adapt to get the best out of them.


It's a completely different to have a player who is talented, performs when you want him to, doesn't get injured too often, but have to lose him time and time again to off-field stunts. It must be maddening.

Rafael Benitez faces a similar problem, but is less restricted than Deschamps. With a collection comprising of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Isco and Jese Rodriguez to choose from, finding an appropriate replacement in the Real attack becomes slightly less difficult.

Karim Benzema is a terrific striker, but if these antics continue there might not be a way back.

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