Suggestions made France president Francois Hollande that Karim Benzema has acted irresponsibly have been slammed by the player, who asserts that he was ‘brought up well’ by his parents.
In his controversial new book ‘A President Should Not Say That’, president Hollande claimed that the Los Blancos talisman was not a good role model and added that modern day footballers are poorly educated kids who have now become rich stars.
And Benzema, who arrived at Los Blancos in 2009, claims the president’s quotes were out of line, insisting that his job is to entertain supporters on the football pitch.
“A president should not say what he said,” he told reporters following Real Madrid’s 5-1 win over Legia Warsaw.
“What do you want me to say to you? That I am not a good example? I play football, I entertain the fans and I was brought up well by my parents.”
Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has also slammed Hollande’s remarks, claiming that the quotes are upsetting and annoying.
“Everyone can have their opinion, even more politicians,” he said. “About Benzema, the decision has been taken that he can be called up again, then you hear everything that is still being said.”
Benzema has been under police investigation over claims that he was allegedly involved in extortion of compatriot Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.
His involvement in the scandal saw him controversially left of France’s Euro 2016 squad but has recently been cleared by the French Football Federation to return to the national set-up.
This is not the first time Benzema has been embroiled in scandal; in 2014, the French international was involved in a probe into underage prostitution, but was later acquitted of the charges.