Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has today thanked Karim Benzema for making the move to Real Madrid in 2009.
Benzema arrived at the Bernabeu from French outfit Lyon for around 40 million Euro 8 years ago, and has since gone on to see off competition from the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Raul and Ruud Van Nistelrooy to establish himself as the club’s undisputed first-choice centre-forward.
The Frenchman has racked up almost 200 goals across all competitions for Los Blancos, adding 2 La Liga crowns, 2 Copa Del Reys, 3 Champions Leagues, 3 UEFA Super Cups and a pair of FIFA Club World Cups to his trophy cabinet in the process.
Storytime with Michael
However, things could so easily have been completely different for Benzema, had Manchester United succeeded in their chase of the Lyon youth product before he made the move to the Spanish capital.
Speaking in an interview with French outlet Canal+ today, former English international Michael Owen revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson, who was then in charge of the Red Devils, divulged to him that his side were also chasing Benzema’s signature in 2009.
Ferguson explained to Owen that, if United were to miss out on Benzema, which of course they did, the Old Trafford outfit would instead opt to bring him in from Newcastle United.
And Fergie stuck to his word, with Owen eventually signing for the Red Devils in the summer of 2009, going on to clinch the Premier League title the following season.
For this reason, the 2001 Ballon D’Or winner has thanked Benzema for his decision to move to the Bernabeu rather than Old Trafford, with the Canal+ interview linked below:
— Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) November 12, 2017