Summer of 2018. Cristiano leaves Real Madrid and the white club points to Bale as the heir to the Portuguese. In a market in full bubble, with club-states inflating transfer prices to figures never seen before, the merengue entity understood that the replacement of Ronaldo I was already on the team, but it wasn’t going to be like that. The passing of the months showed a Bale without the personality, the desire, the physique and the head necessary to be the new franchise footballer for Real Madrid. That is when Karim Benzema decided to take a step forward and bring out that competitive gene and that winning pride that is so typical of his culture.
Between 2016 and 2018, the Frenchman lived his grayest years in the Spanish capital.