Gary Lineker made a joke about Karim Benzema following Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham

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Karim Benzema will spend the next few days wondering how Hugo Lloris managed to save his close-range header during Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Spurs goalkeeper managed to keep out his compatriot with a wonderful stop with his left foot.

While many were applauding Lloris for the save, Gary Lineker, who hosted BT Sport’s coverage of the match, proceeded to focus on Benzema instead.

He sent out a tweet in which he labelled the Real striker “overrated” - naturally, it caused quite a stir.

“Is it me or is Benzema a tad overrated? A goal every other game in a team as strong as Real Madrid is nada especial. Decent not great,” Lineker wrote.

Watch: Lloris' wonder save from Benzema

Being in Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow has impacted Benzema’s status somewhat but he’s hardly helped himself after making a disappointing start to the season.

The 29-year-old has scored just two goals in eight appearances in all competitions this season.

Ferdinand defended Benzema

Benzema’s defenders always come back to what he does for the team, and for Ronaldo in particular.

That’s precisely what Rio Ferdinand, appearing alongside Lineker, Frank Lampard and Glenn Hoddle on BT Sport, did last night.

“I’m a fan of Benzema,” Ferdinand said. “I know there’s many people that doubt what he does but he brings others into play very well.

“He isn’t an unbelievable goalscorer but he does a lot of stuff outside of goalscoring which is beneficial for the team.”

Lineker made a joke about Benzema's weight

Having already questioned Benzema once last night, Lineker took aim once again when the pundits analysed his miss.

Benzema has always carried a bit of weight on him and Lineker couldn’t help but make a slight jibe about it on television.

“I don’t think any centre forward in this position worth their weight, you can’t even allow the goalkeeper to make a save like this,” Ferdinand said.

Lineker responded by saying: “It looks like he’s got a bit of weight!”


Cue some awkward laughter in the studio.

“I didn’t say that, you said that,” Ferdinand said, before Lineker pointed out that he was simply joking.

Watch the exchange below.

Benzema’s probably wondering what he’s done to get on Lineker’s radar.

Is Benzema overrated? Let us know in the comments section below!

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