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France striker Benzema joins Saudi facet Al Ittihad

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Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema has joined Al Ittihad as a free agent on a three-year deal, the Saudi Arabian champions acknowledged on Tuesday, after the French striker’s departure from Real Madrid.

According to media tales, the contract is estimated to be worth larger than 100 million euros ($106.89 million).

“I am excited to experience a new football league in a different country. I have been fortunate to achieve amazing things in my career and achieve everything I can in Spain and Europe,” the 35-year-old Benzema acknowledged.

“It now feels the time is right for a new challenge and project … I am looking forward to joining my new team mates and, together with them, help take this amazing club and the game in Saudi Arabia to new levels.”

Al-Ittihad ultimate month clinched the Saudi Pro League title for the first time since 2009.

“Benzema’s arrival is the most impactful transfer in the club’s history to date,” Al Ittihad acknowledged in an announcement.

“It also marks another huge step in the Saudi Pro League’s journey to become one of football’s leading destinations for the world’s very best after its biggest season to date.”

At Real, Benzema gained the Champions League 5 events, 4 LaLiga crowns and three Spanish Cup trophies along with 5 Club World Cups and 4 UEFA Super Cup titles.