Gary Lineker bites back at Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane

Former English international Gary Lineker has today taken to Twitter to respond to recent comments from Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane regarding Karim Benzema.

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A public ‘disagreement’ has erupted between the pair of former footballers this week, stemming from a Lineker Tweet which suggested that Blancos striker Karim Benzema is overrated:


This comment sparked a public debate over Benzema’s effectiveness, with Madrid boss ‘Zizou’ questioned on Lineker’s opinion during a press conference earlier today.

Zidane was in no mood to mince words, labelling Lineker’s insinuation ‘a disgrace’ as he vehemently defended his fellow countryman:

For people who know about football to say that, is a disgrace; for me he is the best there is. I don’t know if people think the No 9 has to score 50 goals. Karim is not going to score 60 goals, but he will score 25, and he will give 30 passes to goal. Such comments annoy me but they cannot be avoided. For me he is the best by some distance.”

The Real Madrid coach continued: “Everyone can give an opinion and some people might believe a No 9 has to score more goals but it’s not just about that. Karim has everything. He scores goals. He doesn’t score 50 but he does get 25 or 30 a year, that’s what he’ll score this season. I’m more interested with how he combines with other players. What pleases me is good football. People can give their opinion that a No 9 should be about goals, okay, but that’s not my philosophy.”

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However, the spat between the pair did not end there, with Lineker using today’s Premier League clash between Tottenham and Liverpool as a chance to aim a return jab at the former Ballon D’Or winner:

And, just 20 minutes ago, the Match of the Day pundit once again took a cheeky dig at Zidane, albeit in a lighthearted manner, after Karim Benzema set Marcelo up for Real Madrid’s third versus Eibar.

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