The French striker has played superbly for Los Blancos over the years, especially with his fellow countrymen.

Zinedine Zidane is like an older brother for Benzema

Karim Benzema has an excellent relationship with his coach Zinedine Zidane, describing his boss at Real Madrid as an older brother. The French striker has played superbly for Los Blancos over the years, especially with his fellow countrymen. “He is like an older brother for me. Off the pitch, he is always there to give me advice,” Benzema told reporters. Benzema has an unenviable task of trying to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the former Lyon striker feels that Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus has allowed him to change his game. “I was very pleased with Cristiano, but his move allowed me to play a different role,” he said. “Ronaldo scored 50 goals every season, and you had to adapt to his game. He is one of the best in the world, and I was happy playing with him.”

For a player of his status, Benzema has remained mostly out of the spotlight in recent years on the pitch but denies that he is immune to criticism. “It’s not true that nothing affects me,” he said. “I have feelings, but I will never show my weaknesses, even if I have them. When I feel bad, I keep it to myself.” While Karim Benzema is not one to idolize many players, it is a former Real Madrid icon that he has been looking up for a long time. “I have no idols, but I have examples to follow and I would say that Ronaldo, the Brazilian, was a role model for me in football,” the French player said. I also admire Mike Tyson because he and I came from the bottom and reached the top. Nobody gave us anything.”