Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has rejected the praise he received from France Football Federation chief Noel Le Graët. Benzema has not played for his country ever since he was banned from the team for his alleged involvement in the extortion of former France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.
Since his omission from the squad, Benzema and the France chief have not been friends in the media. The striker publicly called out the FFF president after he stated Benzema was left out of the 2018 World Cup squad for ‘tactical reasons’. Later on Le Graët claimed that Benzema would never play for the French national team anymore.
However, on Thursday the FFF President heaped praise on Benzema: “He’s had an exceptional season with Real,” the FFF chief said. “I have already congratulated [Zinedine] Zidane who is his coach. He is one of the best players today, over the season he has just completed. The best? It is not up to me to judge because I haven’t seen all the games, but in my opinion he had the best season of his career.”
Benzema was not impressed with the praise and the Real Madrid forward issued a typical response on social media: “I prefer to laugh about it.” Benzema had a strong season for the Spanish giants, who claimed the title in LaLiga. The French forward scored 22 goals, which is his best record since joining Real Madrid in 2009.