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Real Madrid Forward Karim Benzema Names His Role Models, Reveals He Doesn't Have Any Idols

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Benzema is arguably one of the best in his position
Benzema is arguably one of the best in his position / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has named Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Nazario and Mike Tyson, who is considered to be one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time, as his role models.

Benzema is arguably one of the best strikers in the world, and has been spearheading Real Madrid's attack ever since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club in the summer of 2018.

The Frenchman joined Los Blancos in 2009 and has made over 500 appearances for the La Liga giants since.

In an interview with El Pais, Benzema talked about the neighbourhood in which grew up and revealed he only has role models and not idols. "I come from a neighbourhood where things were difficult. When I saw older boys well dressed and with beautiful cars, what I wanted was to be like them," the Real Madrid star said [via AS].

"I have no idols, but I do have role models. In football, I would say that Ronaldo, the Brazilian, was a role model for me. I also admire Mike Tyson, because both he and I came from the bottom and grew. Nobody has given us anything."

Meanwhile, Benzema, who missed Real Madrid's previous three matches with injury, is also doubtful for the Madrid derby, although Zidane has expressed hope the 33-year-old will be back in time for the crucial fixture.