And if once it was driving bans, last season it got a lot more serious when he became embroiled in a sex-tape controversy with international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena that saw him excluded from France's Euro 2016 squad. It was self-destructive timing because he had finished last season in better form than ever with 28 goals in 36 games.Had he played he may well have led France to glory on home soil just as his manager at Real Madrid had done back in 1998.
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Real Madrid and has no intention of banging on Florentino Perez's door begging for the eventual signing of a replacement. Benzema is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring against Thomas Tuchel's side Zinedine Zidane shakes hands with Benzema after replacing him late in Wednesday's gameAnd even if he did,
Perez is Benzema's No 1 supporter and a constant defender of the striker he signed from Lyon and has never had any intention of selling to the Premier League, despite interest at different times from Arsenal and Manchester United.He has now scored as many goals as the Champions League's last great Frenchman,
Thierry Henry, and he only has Ruud van Nistelrooy, Raul, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of him.He has scored 38 of those goals in the tera gold
white of Real Madrid putting him ahead of the 'Galloping Major' Ferenc Puskas and behind only Ronaldo, Raul and Alfredo di Stefano as the club's top scorers in Europe.He is the footballing embodiment of style being temporary and class being permanent.