Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema has become the latest top-tier footballer to join a Saudi Arabian club after signing a new contract with Al Ittihad, check out his contract and salary details, and more
The 35-year-old French striker departed Real Madrid following the end of the 2022/23 season, after spending 14 successful seasons.
Karim Benzema Saudi Arabia Al Ittihad FC contract details, salary per week and month, net worth 203
Official, confirmed. Karim Benzema joins Al Ittihad on two year deal with option for further season. 🟡⚫️🇸🇦 #AlIttihad
Benzema will earn almost €200m per season net salary, commercial deals included. pic.twitter.com/vSrkL4zjJI
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 6, 2023
🚨🇸🇦 Karim Benzema has signed main part of docs to become new Al Ittihad player joining the Saudi league — here we go!
Understand contract will be valid until 2025 but will also include option for further season.
Karim will say goodbye to Madrid fans then travel to Saudi. pic.twitter.com/OCzwszv2OL
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 5, 2023
🇸🇦🛬 Karim Benzema arrives in Saudi Arabia for the first time since signing for Al Ittihad! Tomorrow he will be greeted by 60,000 supporters in the stadium. pic.twitter.com/WGjBTZV1rw
— EuroFoot (@eurofootcom) June 7, 2023
Throughout his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Benzema won 24 major trophies, including five Champions League titles, and scored 238 goals in 439 appearances for Madrid across all competitions.
Karim Benzema signs for Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad
Karim Benzema has signed for Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad who plays in the Saudi Pro League. He will join Cristiano Ronaldo who also plays in the same league but for a different side. Upon joining the club, Benzema will get to play in the AFC Champions League next year after Al Ittihad won the league title last season.
Karim Benzema contract length and salary at Saudi club Al Ittihad
According to renowned sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, Benzema signed a three-year contract with Al Ittihad. The 35-year-old will earn a staggering total of $643 million across those three years. This means that Benzema will earn roughly around $214 million per year, or about $4.12 million per week. He has a net worth of $70 million.
Some reports initially stated that Benzema’s contract is a two-year deal, with a possible third year option, like the one Lionel Messi’s had with PSG.
Karim Benzema’s contract compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Benzema will earn around $214 million a year from his new contract with Al Ittihad, which is just a little over Cristiano Ronaldo’s current contract with Al Nassr. Ronaldo currently earns a reported $213 million per year with Al Nassr, with most of those earnings coming from image rights.
Meanwhile, Messi’s new contract details on joining Inter Miami is still yet to be revealed. However, his contract at PSG was worth a reported $41 million per year for two years, with an extra third year option. As such, going with that value, Benzema’s wages clearly dwarf Messi’s wages at PSG.