Karim Benzema, the second-highest goalscorer in Real Madrid's history, has officially left the team after a 14-year stint to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad. The 35-year-old striker was a crucial member of the team, filling the goalscoring void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure in 2018 and scoring 44 goals in the 2021-22 season. During his time at Real Madrid, Benzema won 25 titles, a record number for any Real Madrid player, and was named the current UEFA Ballon d'Or and UEFA Player of the Year. Real Madrid thanked Benzema for his brilliant and unforgettable time at the club.
Meanwhile, Juventus football club has denied reports that it has been threatened with a ban by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). However, the club has confirmed that it is initiating discussions with Real Madrid and Barcelona about leaving the Super League project. The three clubs are awaiting a ruling from the European Court of Justice over their challenge against UEFA's monopoly control of European club competitions. Juventus has had a tough season with no trophies won, legal cases lost, and mass resignations among the board of directors. The club was recently penalized with a 10-point deduction in Serie A, dropping them to seventh place and preventing them from qualifying for the next Champions League. Juventus is also at risk of losing its place in the Europa Conference League due to a separate UEFA investigation into false accounting allegations, which could lead to a ban.
In conclusion, Karim Benzema's departure marks the end of an era at Real Madrid, and his contributions to the club will be missed. Juventus, on the other hand, is facing a multitude of challenges, including legal battles and penalties, which could affect their future in European club competitions.