Squad No: 10
Birth Date: Dec 19, 1987
Birth Place: Lyon, France
Height: 6' 0'' (1.83m)
Weight: 73 kg
An immensely-talented striker, Benzema (due mainly to his Algerian heritage) was tipped to fill the boots of Zinedine Zidane for France and comparisons only gained pace when he signed for Real Madrid.
Born in Lyon to Algerian parents, the North African nation did approach him about making himself available to them, but he declined saying: "Algeria is in my heart but sporting-wise I'm 100% French."
With his international future sorted, his first four seasons as a professional at Lyon were nothing less than sensational, scoring goal upon goal in both Ligue 1 and Champions League. However, after sealing a £30 million deal to Real Madrid in July 2009, he was demoted to the bench by the excellent form up front of the Argentine Gonzalo Higuain and was overlooked for the 2010 France World Cup squad.
Strengths: Strong and powerful, he has pace to burn and is a potent finisher from inside the box.
Weaknesses: Can look a little overawed on the big occasion and his first touch can let him down.
Career high: Sealing a move to Real Madrid in July 2009.
Career low: Missing out on the 2010 World Cup squad and becoming embroiled in a sex scandal prior to the tournament.
Style: Strong, powerful, quick, a classy striker.
Quotes: ''I don't have to worry for him, I am sure that he has the ability to succeed. When you come to a big club, there has to be a period of adaptation, talent is not always enough.'' Zinedine Zidane on Karim Benzema's start at Real Madrid.
Trivia: Benzema grew up with nine siblings and his father Hafid in the district of Bron.