Karim Benzema Advocates Knowledge Transfer at Misk Global Forum in Diriyah
Diriyah, November 16, 2023 – French football sensation Karim Benzema, currently a key player for Al-Ittihad Club in the ROSHN Saudi League, delivered a compelling call to professional foreign players within the league to share their expertise with their Saudi counterparts. The statement was made during Benzema's participation in the first day of the seventh edition of the Misk Global Forum, held at Al-Bujairi Terrace in Diriyah.
In a session titled 'Stars in the Desert,' Benzema took the opportunity to express his admiration for the Saudi people, whom he described as "the great people." He emphasized the unique enthusiasm and love demonstrated by the Saudi fans, stating, "They are not only fans but lovers, and we will do our best to make them happy."
Benzema, visibly moved by the warm reception he received upon arriving in the Kingdom, shared his surprise at the overwhelming love, welcome, and hospitality extended to him by the Saudi people.
Expressing his commitment to contributing to the growth of Saudi football, Benzema highlighted the importance of foreign players sharing their experiences with their Saudi counterparts. In particular, he underscored his dedication to assisting fellow players, especially the younger generation, stating, "I should give them the best of my experience that I acquired from the Spanish club Real Madrid, and every professional player should give all of his experience to ensure the benefit of the people of this country. They deserve that."
Benzema commended the strides made in the development of Saudi football and stressed the pivotal role that international professional stars play in elevating the standard of the Saudi League. The collaboration between foreign and local talent, he noted, is instrumental in propelling Saudi players to more advanced and prosperous stages in the world of football. The Misk Global Forum, with its diverse audience of leaders, ministers, and influencers, provided a fitting platform for Benzema's impactful message on the crucial role of knowledge transfer in fostering the growth of football in Saudi Arabia.