Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo provided some of the most enduring images of Euro 2020 when France faced off with Portugal on Wednesday.
Social media was abuzz over the “bromance” between the former Real Madrid team-mates, the pair sharing a cheeky smirk with one another prior to kick-off and then embracing both at half-time and after the final whistle.
The duo both moved to the Santiago Bernabeu at the same time in their careers ahead of the 2009-10 season and enjoyed nine prolific campaigns together before Ronaldo – Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer – moved on to Juventus.
Clearly, the respect the two have for one another still runs deep, with Benzema revealing what they discussed after a thrilling 2-2 draw in Budapest, a result which means both teams progress to the last 16.
“It’s nice to see him again, we have come a long way together,” Benzema told reporters following a game in which he and Ronaldo both scored twice.
“We both played eight or nine years at Real Madrid, we scored goals, won trophies.
“We spoke, we wished each other good luck for the future with our clubs and in the tournament and especially to continue to have fun on the field and continue to make the difference.”
Ronaldo has scored five times in the tournament to draw level with Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals. Portugal next face Belgium, while world champions France are up against Switzerland.
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