Franck Ribery has seemingly slammed France for leaving Karim Benzema out of their World Cup squad following the striker’s latest Champions League success.
Real Madrid superstar Benzema hasn’t played for his country since 2015 following controversial blackmail claims involving former teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
It means Benzema has not been in Didier Deschamps’s thoughts during the last three years, including Euro 2016 when France lost to Portugal in the final.
But as Ribery pointed out in a social media post, the hitman has had the last laugh by winning three successive Champions Leagues during the same period.
Bayern Munich veteran Ribery appeared to be fuming that pal Benzema was once again overlooked for selection by France despite his stunning success at club level.
And having retired from international duty himself following rumours of a rift with Deschamps, Ribery made his feelings perfectly clear on Twitter.
The winger wrote: “They have put a red card against you for three years, but during that time you have managed to win three Champions Leagues. Congratulations Karim Benzema.”
However, it’s not all doom and gloom for Benzema, who scored the opening goal of Real’s 3-1 Champions League final win against Liverpool on Saturday.
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He may have only netted five times in 32 La Liga games this season, but the ace could be set for a lucrative move away from the Santiago Bernabeu as Real look to shake up their squad this summer.
Meanwhile, Ribery has just signed a one-year contract extension at Bayern and will be hoping to impress new boss Niko Kovac, who takes over from Jupp Heynckes after beating his new side with Frankfurt in the German Cup final.
Dream Team World Cup has landed!
The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.
That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- PRE-REGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
The game officially launches on June 1 – but you can pre-register for the game now.
If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:
- Download the Dream Team app
- Create an account
- Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions
From Russia with a whole lot of love.