Eden Hazard hails Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema


‘He’s the best striker in the world’: Eden Hazard hails Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema following claims from France that his international career is over

  • Karim Benzema’s hopes of return to France fold were shot down by FA president
  • Calls had grown for in-form Real Madrid striker to earn his first call-up since 2015
  • Hazard, who made the move to the Bernabeu last summer, has praised Benzema

Eden Hazard has hailed his Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema following claims that his international career with France has come to an end. 

Benzema’s hopes of a return to the France fold were shot down by its FA president Noel Le Graet last week.

Calls had been growing for the in-form Madrid striker to earn his first call-up since 2015 in recent weeks but the 31-year-old has been exiled from the set-up due to his involvement in the blackmail of Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape in 2015.

Winger Eden Hazard (right) has hailed his Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema (left)

Winger Eden Hazard (right) has hailed his Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema (left)

Hazard, who made the move to the Bernabeu last summer, has praised Benzema.

‘After having played with him for three or fourth months, I think that, right now, he’s the best striker in the world,’ he said.

‘But [also] away from his role as a striker, he makes others better.

‘I feel for him. It’s always easier to play against a team that doesn’t have Benzema in it.’ 

Benzema's hopes of a return to France fold were shot down by its FA president Noel Le Graet

 Benzema’s hopes of a return to France fold were shot down by its FA president Noel Le Graet

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