Karim Benzema is a French footballer of Algerian origin who plays as a striker for Real Madrid. Benzema started senior football in 2005 in Lyon with his hometown club Olympique Lyonnais. In 2009, he moved to Real Madrid and has been a prolific striker ever since. He has scored over 400 career goals scoring over 320 goals for Real Madrid, second only to Cristiano Ronaldo. Benzema has also been awarded French Player of the Year four times by France Football. He recently joined the growing list of high profile players to move to the Saudi Pro League. He plays for Al-Ittihad.