Benzema becomes first Ballon D’or winner to miss World Cup since 1978

Man Jose Kayima

France striker Karim Benzema will miss the 2022 World Cup through quadricep injury.

Real Madrid forward has been given three week recovery period which ends hopes of featuring in Global Showpiece.

Karim Benzema is out of the World Cup,” the French football federation (FFF) said.

“After hurting the quadriceps on his left thigh the Real Madrid striker is forced to give up on taking part in the World Cup.”

He went for an MRI scan in a hospital (clinic) in Doha, which unfortunately confirmed a tear,” the FFF added.

Benzema also wrote on Instagram

“In my life I have never given up but tonight I have to think about the team, as I have always done, so reason tells me to leave my place to someone who can help our group make a good World.

Benzema becomes the first Ballon d’Or winner not to play in a World Cup since England’s Kevin Keegan in 1978. France is already without Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Christopher Nkunku because of injury.

Benzema was France’s top scorer at the 2014 World Cup but did not play in France’s victorious 2018 World Cup campaign. During the 2020 Euro, he was France’s top scorer with four goals.

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