Karim Benzema savaging Olivier Giroud remembered after France recall

Karim Benzema slated Olivier Giroud on Instagram

Karim Benzema has been recalled to the France national side.

The 33-year-old is one of the best strikers in the world. He has been brilliant for Real Madrid for the past decade.

But he has not appeared for his country in 2015 after an alleged involvement in an attempt to blackmail his former Les Bleus teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

However, despite not playing for his country for over five years, Benzema has been recalled to the France side for Euro 2020.

Didier Deschamps announced on Tuesday evening that Benzema was part of his 26-man squad for the championships.

Benzema’s recall to the side means there could be an awkward encounter with Les Bleus striker, Olivier Giroud.

Giroud, 34, has been France’s main striker since Benzema’s absence.

Karim Benzema slated Olivier Giroud on Instagram

And Benzema does not have a very high opinion of the Chelsea striker.

Benzema was asked to compare himself to Giroud in an Instagram Q&A last March.

The Real Madrid striker did not hold back with his answer.

“This won’t take long. You don’t confuse F1 with go-karting. And I’m being kind. Next… and I know I’m F1,” he said, per the Mirror.

Ouch. Fair to say Benzema rates himself a lot higher than his soon-to-be teammate.

Karim Benzema slated Olivier Giroud on Instagram

He did, however, say that Giroud does his job for the side.

He continued: “It works because he’s there. That’s all. It’s not going to be spectacular, it’s not going to be anything crazy but in his way you see more of Griezmann or Mbappe because he will put the work in.

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“Does everyone like that way of playing? I don’t know.”

Giroud responded to Benzema’s comments a day later. He said, per Marca: “What am I, a go-kart? A world champion go-kart.”

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Benzema would later defend his comments, saying all he did was tell the truth.

“About Giroud, I simply told the truth,” he said.

“But we didn’t remember what I said about him, especially about what he brings to the French national team.

“We just remembered the moment when I said I was F1 and he was karting. That’s what I think, that’s the truth, and that’s how it is.”

It could be very awkward between the pair during France’s Euro 2020 campaign.

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