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Karim Benzema delighted by “amazing” Ronaldo reunion in Saudi Arabia

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The French striker will face his former teammate in the Saudi Pro League.

Cristiano Ronaldo represents a new era in the Saudi Arabian football, according to his former Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema.

Benzema and Ronaldo formed the iconic “BBC” trio alongside Gareth Bale at Real Madrid. The trio’s incredible impact saw the Blancos claim a number of major trophies during the 2010s, including four Champions League titles.

Following Ronaldo‘s footsteps, Benzema has decided to spend the final years of his career in the Saudi Arabian league. The 35-year-old has arrived at Al- Ittihad on a three-year contract ahead of the new season.

“[Ronaldo] is my friend and he is here,” Benzema told the club’s media.

“It’s amazing to see him here in Saudi Arabia, also he represents the new era of football in this country and the progress that’s happening here, which is important on the international level.”

Reflecting on his move to Saudi Arabia, Benzema revealed religion played an important role in his decision.

Asked why he chose the middle-east country, he replied: “Well, because I’m muslim and this is a muslim country, and i have always wanted to live here.”

Ronaldo’s ex-teammate added: “It’s very important to show that Saudi football can have a global impact

“It’s not only about playing well here, I should bring the success I managed to achieve in Europe and play the same way I used to do with Real Madrid.”