Al-Ittihad Club, reigning champions in Saudi Arabia , formalized the signing of Karim Benzema on Tuesday evening. The former captain of Real Madrid who signed up until 2026 will therefore join Cristiano Ronaldo in this Middle Eastern country.

It’s now official! Karim Benzema has joined the Al Ittihad club. The Frenchman has signed a three-year contract, ie until 2026.

The reigning Saudi Arabian champion broke the news via social media. “Benzema is here! A new tiger will roar. Welcome to Ittihad,” the Saudi entity simply wrote on its Twitter account, along with a short video.

The former Real Madrid captain also dropped a few words in this short video. “I am very excited to see you in Jeddah.” A new masterstroke from Saudi Arabia who got their hands on a new Ballon d’Or, after attracting Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of last year.

Some media mention a salary of 200 million euros per year for Karim Benzema, in addition to benefits (exempt from taxes, 100% of his image rights, ambassador of the 2030 World Cup).

After having won everything with Real Madrid, including five Champions League, the Nueve will now begin a new chapter in his career.