FIFA World Cup – Ballon d’Or holder Benzema out of FIFA World Cup with thigh tear


“Karim Benzema is out of the World Cup,” the French soccer federation (FFF) said. “After hurting the quadriceps on his left thigh the Real Madrid striker is forced to give up on taking part in the World Cup.”


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Benzema was taking part in his first full training session with Les Bleus when he had to come off after feeling some pain in his left thigh, the FFF said.

Defending champion France’s World Cup hopes took a huge blow with the news that star striker Karim Benzema is out of the tournament after tearing a muscle in his left thigh during training on Saturday.

“He went for an MRI scan in a hospital (clinic) in Doha, which unfortunately confirmed a tear,” the FFF said, adding that he will need three weeks to recover.

Football is often considered to be a young man’s game. But the performance of age-less players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric in recent times has questioned our sensibilities of age and declining footballing abilities.

Here we look at the youngest and oldest players and squads from the Qatar World Cup.

Oldest Player

Mexican goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera, at 40 years and 63 days, will be the oldest player at Qatar 2022, when the tournament gets underway

The Mexican, if he plays, will become just the eighth player to play in the men’s World Cup in his 40s after Dino Zoff, Peter Shilton, Ali Boumnijel, Pat Jennings, Roger Milla, Faryd Mondragon and Essam El Hadary. 

Youngest Player

Germany’s teen prodigy Youssoufa Moukoko will be the youngest player at the Qatar World Cup. The Borussia Dortmund attacker will turn 18 on November 20, the day the World Cup kicks off. 

If he makes an appearance for Germany, he will become the second-youngest European to appear in the World Cup surpassing Christian Eriksen

Norman Whiteside is the youngest-ever player to appear in the World Cup. He turned up for Ireland against Yugoslavia in 1982, when he was 17 years and 41 days.

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