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Real Madrid Star: Why I Don't Sing My National Anthem

Real Madrid Star: Why I Don't Sing My National Anthem

By David Kappel - Apr 18, 2018 04:19 PM @kappilinho

One of Real Madrid's key players has revealed why he – similar to Lionel Messi – does not sing his country's national anthem.

Read: Messi: Why I Don't Sing Argentina National Anthem

Karim Benzema was born in Lyon, France, but could have represented African side Algeria, the country of his father's birth.

Having not been part of the France national team's set-up since his alleged involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape case was made public, he has now commented on his chances of a return to the Les Blues fold.

"Me? Now? Nothing," he told Vanity Fair, as cited by AS, when asked what he needs to do get a recall to his national team.

"I'm 30 years old and I've got two kids. I'm happy here. If they need me, they know where to find me."

Benzema, who has scored 27 goals in 81 appearances for France, also revealed why he never sang La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.

"If you listen to the words, La Marseillaise is a call to go to war. That's not something I like particularly," he explained.

The 30-year-old, who has scored only five LaLiga goals so far this season and nine overall in 38 appearances, also addressed the criticism he has received in this campaign.

"I play football and I try to help my teammates and to win everything there is to win," Benzema added.

"What I don't like is when people attack me when I play well, even if I don't score. I play for the people who value what I do on the pitch.

"Those that come to the stadium to whistle, let them whistle. I'm not going to change their opinion. People have always criticised great players.

"We sell newspapers. I don't need to read the press to know when I've have a bad game."

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Do you think Real need to replace Benzema with a new No. 9 in the coming transfer window? Have your say in the comments section below.


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KK-kELLS Apr 19, 2018 08:21 AM
"We sell newspapers. I don't need to read the press to know when I've have a bad game." NICE ONE
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Matt93 Apr 18, 2018 11:56 PM
Lol
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So-Mathabo-KBY Apr 18, 2018 07:23 PM
I always don't sing the Afrikaans part
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Gazankulu26 Apr 18, 2018 05:56 PM
Means he don't want to go 2the war
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sfijo Apr 18, 2018 05:44 PM
Benzema is 1 of the best no 9 in the world
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Downs for life Apr 18, 2018 05:37 PM
I like your attitude boy,you first and your happiness

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