Karim Benzema has been a mainstay in FIFA since breaking onto the scene with Lyon in the 2000s.
Having been part of some wonderful Real Madrid teams, Benzema has earned a number of exceptional Ultimate Team cards throughout the years. And he’s only been getting better in recent memory.
Here’s a look at his rating history.
Benzema debuted in the FIFA series as a 17-year-old with some very modest stats.
A rating of 67 acceleration is as good as it got, but things soon turned up a notch.
Helping Lyon win Ligue 1 titles while getting some Champions League experience under his belt saw Benzema become one of the best young talents in world football.
His physical and shooting stats were given healthy boosts as he jumped up 15 points overall.
Benzema moved into the 80s ahead of a season where he’d score 20 Ligue 1 goals for Lyon.
FIFA 08 gave Benzema a brilliant all round rating, with great finishing and heading stats.
Becoming Lyon’s true talisman saw Benzema given another healthy rating boost.
He had a solid season in the Champions League and Real Madrid came snooping at the end of the year.
We’re entering some hazy glory years for Benzema’s FIFA ratings. He was a player you’d face in the game and end up thinking it was all rigged because Karim had stuck four past you in one half.
87 pace. 88 dribbling. 82 shooting. It just seems a little OTT, doesn’t it?
That being said, his rating did take a hit of three in FIFA 11, with the suits at EA obviously not too impressed by his first season in Madrid.
Benzema enjoyed a good season and ended up getting a couple of Team of the Week cards in Ultimate Team.
Benzema’s rating increased by one for FIFA 12, with his pace still in the high 80s.
With stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria around him it could have been hard to stand out, but Benzema enjoyed a great 2011/12 season as Real won La Liga.
That league title – alongside 21 goals in the competition – saw Benzema boosted up to 87, his highest rating in the game up to this point.
His key stats still dropped from the previous FIFA, so make of that what you will.
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11 La Liga goals during the 2012/13 season saw Benzema drop down to 85. By the end of the campaign, he’d have an 88-rated left winger card. How times change, eh?
A first Champions League triumph for Benzema came in 2014, but his achievements weren’t enough to move up a rating for FIFA 15.
The needle moved slightly in FIFA 16, where by the end of the season he’d have a TOTS card rated at 95. 24 goals in 27 league appearances will do that.
That campaign helped Benzema jump back up to 87, though he would never be the top dog while Ronaldo was at the Bernabeu.
Another handsome mid 80s rating, you say?
84 shooting and 82 dribbling are the standout stats here.
The start of the 2018/19 is when Benzema really started to get his groove back, having suffered a dip in form the previous campaign.
However, his rating always remained in the mid 80s while Real enjoyed phenomenal success.
Ronaldo is now out of the picture but Benzema still isn’t Real’s top rated player.
In FIFA 20, that honour went to Eden Hazard, fresh from a move from Chelsea.
His pace has taken a slight battering and dipped into the 70s by now, but Benzema was enjoying some of the best football of his career by FIFA 21 and was knocking on the doors on the 90s.
Benzema was firmly cemented himself as Real’s current icon by this point, leading a squad which looked a little short in attack in FIFA 22.
However, the emergence of Vinicius Junior provided Los Blancos with a new fearsome attacking duo, bringing the best out of Benzema as a playmaker. He had a 98-rated card by the end of the season.
The most recent FIFA edition sees Benzema venture into the 90s for the first time in his career.
He’s still got a bit of pace about him but stats like 92 finishing and 92 attacking position really stand out.
Benzema is rated 91 and is the joint best player in the game, alongside Kevin De Bruyne, Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi.
Armando Broja discusses his father’s training methods, inspirations & Albanian pride
Armando Broja has spoken about the tireless hours his family would commit to ensuring he made it as a footballer in his youth, and what it means to be a young star representing Albania on the world stage.
Broja shot to prominence at Southampton last season, on loan from Chelsea. The forward impressed throughout the campaign and returned to west London having scored nine goals in all competitions and racking up 32 Premier League appearances.
Since returning to his parent club, the Albanian international has penned a new long-term contract with Chelsea and been integrated into the first-team, featuring for Thomas Tuchel before his dismissal as head coach.
But the future remains bright for Broja, despite the managerial change, with Graham Potter now in the hot seat.
Speaking to The Players’ Tribune, Broja credited his mentality and ability to thrive under pressure to his family, namely his father, who pushed him throughout his childhood.
“He’s always been so desperate to succeed and for his kids to succeed. Growing up, there wasn’t a minute to waste. Time was the most precious thing to him,” the striker said.
“I remember when I was young and just starting off in football, he’d come home from work late and he’d be exhausted. It might be like 10 or 11 at night and he might’ve worked a 15-hour day, but he’d always ask, ‘Armando, have you done your training today?’”
“Obviously lyin’, I’d be like, ‘Mmm, yes?’” he added: “He’d know the truth, though, and out we’d go to the park and he’d make me run laps. Twenty times around the pitch.”
Broja went further, explaining his father’s detailed eye for his traits and progression: “When I had a growth spurt around 16, he got worried I was gonna lose my speed. Pace had always been one of my biggest strengths. So he took me out to do hill sprints for like an hour at a time.
“I was basically falling down the hill by the end and he’s there standing over me like, ‘Nah, go again. Another one. Defenders gonna catch you.’
“We joke now that my success is 50-50. Half mine, half his and my mum’s. They put in the work you don’t see. In those early years, though, the balance was waaaay more on their side.”
Broja also discussed his inspirations, explaining that his affinity for Brazilian legend Ronaldo came from his father, after he would show him clips on YouTube.
But alongside R9, Broja namedropped Lorik Cana – the first and only Albanian to play in the Premier League before him.
It was this that fuelled his discussion about flying the flag for his nation and what it meant to represent Albania, who he earned his first senior international cap for in 2020.
“There was a moment when the England under-21s wanted me and, yeah, I thought about it and what I wanted for my future, but honestly … I didn’t have to think too long,” he explained: “I grew up in England, but I’m proud to be Albanian.
“Every time I travel for international duty and pull on the red and black I feel this incredible pride and excitement.”
The 21-year-old added, explaining how he relishes the opportunity of being able to shoulder responsibility and expectations at a young age for his country, while also expressing his desire to fire them to a World Cup.
“You can step up and be a star. And if you do well, you can become an icon for eternity. When my career is over, I want my name to live on. For Albania. For my dad.”
OFFICAL: Ibrahim Gusau replaces Pinnick as new NFF President
Ibrahim Gusau arose as the new Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President replacing Amaju Pinnick.
Gusau arose as the champ at the NFF elections held in Benin City on Friday, September 30, 2022.
Following a while of vulnerability, the NFF races occurred with delegates of the world football overseeing body FIFA in participation.
There were 10 qualified contender to supplant Pinnick following eight years of his administration.
The candidates included Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, Mallam Adam Mouktar Mohammed, former VPs, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi and Mallam Shehu Dikko.
Others were Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, Barr. Musa Amadu, Dr. Christian Emeruwa, Peterside Idah, Alhaji Abba Abdullahi Yola and UK-based David-Buhari Doherty.
In the initial voting results, Gusau recorded 21 votes, Akinwunmi 12 votes, Dikko six votes, Yola and Idah had one vote each.
Gusau the former Zamfara State Football Association chairman would emerge victorious and now lead the NFF for the next four years.
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