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Benzema denies rift with Ronaldo: 'We don't need to take photos to say we're friends!'

00:19 SAST 2023/01/15
Karim Benzema celebrate 2022-23
Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema insisted that he is still friends with Cristiano Ronaldo when asked why he hasn't been pictured with CR7 this week.
  • Won numerous trophies together
  • Suggestion of rift amid Saudi visit
  • Benzema denies problem

WHAT HAPPENED? With Los Blancos currently in Saudi Arabia ahead of the Spanish Super Cup final clash with Barcelona, club icon Ronaldo paid a visit to his former team-mates. The 37-year-old was spotted on camera speaking to a series of current Madrid men, but Benzema was nowhere to be seen, leading to speculation among local reporters.

WHAT THEY SAID: However, the Frenchman was quick to put any talk of a rift to bed, when he told reporters (via Marca): "We don't need to take photos to say we're friends, the photos are for Instagram or Twitter, that's another world.

"We didn't have time to greet each other because I was training and immediately he also went to train. I hope to see him tomorrow at the stadium and be able to talk to him for a while."

THE BIGGER PICTURE:  Ronaldo recently signed for Saudi-based side Al-Nassr, which is why he has been able to visit his old club-mates this week. The forward won four Ballons d'Or while in Madrid while Benzema has been able to pick up that accolade too since Ronaldo departed.

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WHAT NEXT FOR BENZEMA? The striker starred for Real Madrid in the Super Cup semi-final win over Valencia, scoring in normal time as well as netting a penalty in the shootout to set up a meeting with Barcelona on Sunday.