French striker, Karim Benzema has scored 246 goals and contributed 135 assists in 510 games at Real Madrid since he joined the Spanish club in 2009.However, it could all have been so different, with Real’s biggest rivals Barcelona having been favourites to sign Benzema a year earlier in 2008.So how did Benzema end up in the Spanish capital instead?Before the 2008/09 after Pep Guardiola was appointed manager, the Spaniard was keen to make changes to his squad.Karim Benzema unveiled by Real MadridHis main focus was finding a striker, having deemed Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o surplus to requirements.Barcelona’s technical secretary at the time, Txiki Begiristain visited Benzema, who had been identified by the club as the perfect replacement for Eto’o, at his home to seal the deal with the forward.Samuel Eto’o was deemed by Pep Guardiola to be unsuitable for his styleBegiristain, however, was put off signing Benzema after he “failed to make eye contact with him” during the meeting.Txiki BegiristainAccording to Marca, he was also dissuaded from ensuring the transfer went through because he didn’t warm up to the people “around Benzema”Begiristain felt there was a risk Benzema would “become problematic and his adaptation would not be easy.”David Villa’s Presentation at FC BarcelonaWhile Benzema has indeed had his scandals, resulted in him being excommunicated from the French squad, he has still been a great striker for Real Madrid who signed him for €35m the following year.Barcelona signed David Villa instead from Valencia who wasn’t a bad alternative but one wonders how things would have gone if they had signed Benzema instead.
Black Stars defender Jonathan Mensah nodded the match-winner for Evian Thonon Gaillard who pipped Lens 2-1 to manage their first win of the season on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old scored just after the half-hour mark and defended gallantly at the Parc des Sports.Bottom-side Bottom-side Evian had lost four of their last five matches in Ligue 1 coming into this game, but their appetite for goals looked insatiable in the first half, and they were two goals up inside the first half hour.Cédric Barbosa pulled a training-ground free-kick back to the edge of the penalty area and Mensah thrashed the ball toward goal first-time. His initial attempt was blocked but landed kindly, and the big Ghanaian was on hand to thump home past Wylan Cyprien to make it 2-0.Wednesday night’s game is Mensah’s second Ligue 1 goal after scoring for Evian in a 1-1 draw with Stade Reims in 2013.
Related News It didn’t take Kevin Shattenkirk long to find a new home. The veteran defenseman has signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Lightning, the team announced Monday. Welcome to Tampa, @shattdeuces!We have signed Kevin Shattenkirk to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million. ⚡️📝: https://t.co/3aKgLoA4PB pic.twitter.com/XySCo4EN6J— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) August 5, 2019The Rangers bought out Shattenkirk’s contract last Wednesday, halfway through a four-year, $26.65 million deal that brought little return for New York. Shattenkirk managed just two goals and 26 assists in 73 games last season after missing the second half of his first season in New York following knee surgery. He ended up totaling 51 points (seven goals) in 119 games with the Rangers. Veteran NHL center Matt Cullen, 42, joins Penguins front office after retirement He can only hope a move to Tampa at age 30 will help him rediscover the form he had in St. Louis earlier in his career. Shattenkirk was an All-Star in 2015 and was on the U.S. team at the Sochi Olympics a year before that, but hasn’t made much of an impact since being dealt to the Capitals during the 2016-17 season. Shattenkirk joins a long list of former Rangers who have continued their careers with the Lightning, a group that includes Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman and J.T. Miller.
The basketball players of Brooklyn Nets suffered the third defeat in the NBA League. Charlotte Bobcats defeated them in overtime with 116:111.The captain of the B&H representation Mirza Teletović played an excellent game, scored 22 points, with three rebounds in about 28 minutes on the field. He made a total of six three pointers.Al Jefferson was the most efficient player of Bobcats with 35 points and 15 rebounds.(Source: Fena)