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Karim Benzema breaks FIFA Club World Cup record as Al-Ittihad moves past Auckland City

Karim Benzema set a new FIFA Club World Cup goalscoring record by scoring for Al-Ittihad against Auckland City.

Karim Benzema‘s goal in the 40th minute marked his participation in four different FIFA Club World Cup editions, making him the first player to achieve this feat.

In a 3-0 victory for the Saudi Pro League side, the scoring started with Romarinho’s deflected effort in the 29th minute, followed by N’Golo Kante’s superb strike five minutes later. Benzema then sealed the impressive performance by scoring the third goal.

Karim Benzema’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup marks his sixth appearance, having previously played with Real Madrid in the tournament five times. Notably, Benzema has succeeded in every edition he has played, securing the trophy in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2022.

Gianni Infantino, the FIFA President, congratulated Benzema for his remarkable achievement and wrote on Instagram: “Congratulations πŸ‡«πŸ‡· @karimbenzema on becoming the first player to score in 4 FIFA Club World Cups βš½οΈπŸŽ–οΈAn incredible achievement by a great player, my best wishes to you for this edition πŸ‘ πŸ€—”

Benzema has scored five goals in 10 appearances in the Club World Cup, placing him behind Cristiano Ronaldo (7) and Gareth Bale (6) in the all-time leading top-scorers list for the competition.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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