Hours Before Karim Benzema Deleted Instagram, Cristiano Ronaldo Discussed Saudi Arabia’s ‘Experience’ With Al Ittihad Star

Published 12/28/2023, 9:05 AM EST

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The Saudi Pro League has been a place of surprises for Cristiano Ronaldo. After shifting to an entirely alien league, the star saw an immediate revolution where familiar players had come to join him. But what better than meeting your favorite partner in a different land? Ronaldo had a reunion and a pleasant conversation with friend Karim Benzema, which was followed by the latter deleting his Instagram account. Coincidence?

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Both were instrumental in Real Madrid being a force in the last decade. All of their club’s silent years between 2002 and 2014 were backed by these two stars. Several years later, the two got an opportunity to share the field, and the video of Ronaldo and Benzema talking to each other went viral. Their heartfelt talk grabbed the attention of fans around the world and got them curious.

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Benzema’s Al Ittihad took on Ronaldo’s Al Nassr on Tuesday. According to reports, the two players inquired about each other’s well-being and experience in Saudi. Starting with Cristiano Ronaldo, who asked Benzema, “How are you? Are you enjoying the experience? Different, right?” to which Karim replied with a nod, asking, “And you, how are you?” and the Portuguese said, “Good, very calm.”

The duo played a massive 342 games together in Spain. Apart from winning many trophies, they helped each other with 76 goals, of which 47 were assisted by the French forward, which is the highest Ronaldo got from any player. Being the highest goal scorer in the world, this bond would definitely be etched in Ronaldo’s heart forever.

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Both players have also proven their worth in the Middle East. Ronaldo is currently the highest scorer in the league this season with 23 goals in 24 games, and Benzema is the second-top scorer for Al Ittihad with 12 goals and 5 assists. But coming up against each other, Al Nassr won the game convincingly by 5-2, which was followed by Benzema deleting his Instagram account.

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Karim Benzema deletes his Instagram account

Benzema has had an illustrious career thus far, with five UEFA Champions League titles and a Ballon d’Or. But the star seemed to disappoint all his 76 million followers after deleting his Instagram account. Some reports suggest it may have happened due to the game’s result against Al Nassr.

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Even though Benzema had a reasonable stint individually, the team has lacked the power it had last season. Al Ittihad is placed 6th in the league table, 15 points behind Al Nassr and 20 behind Al Hilal. Despite the chances of winning the league looking bleak, Benzema would definitely like to take his team to next season’s AFC Champions League.

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Growing up in a sporting background, I found a passion for soccer through the remarkable 2002 World Cup-winning Brazilian football team. Watching the Premier League where Thierry Henry-starring ‘Invincible’ Gunners and Sir Alex Ferguson’s glorious Manchester United had ruled, I had my heart set on Arsenal. However, Ronaldo Nazario, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho are my favorite players and Lionel Messi is the GOAT.
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