The presence of the French star in Saudi Arabia has been widely welcomed by football fans.
Only a few hours after the announcement of the presence of Karim Benzema in the Al-Ittihad team, the Saudi football champion sold more than 56,000 tickets for the introduction ceremony of the former French star of Real Madrid at the King Abdullah Stadium in Jeddah.
35-year-old Benzema, who won the 2022 Ballon d’Or, joined Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad on Tuesday in a three-year deal worth $165 million.
Tickets for Benzema’s induction ceremony, which will be held today (Thursday), start at $2.40.
A large number of fans of the yellow and black Ittihad team went to welcome the French Muslim star on Wednesday night when he arrived at the Jeddah airport, and before the introduction ceremony, Benzema’s press conference will also be held.
Benzema is the first signing of Al Ittihad after winning the Saudi League for the first time since 2009. N’Golo Kante, Chelsea’s French midfielder, is expected to join his compatriot.
After Cristiano Ronaldo, who went to Al-Nasr in the winter, Saudi Arabia has also considered other stars such as Sergio Yuxtes, Angel Di Maria, Jordi Alba and Sergio Ramos for their teams.
Lionel Messi also received an official offer to join Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia, but he chose to go to America and play for Inter Miami.