Karim Benzema talks playing with 'selfish' Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo with physio Antonio Gaspar

And now the former England global has further angered the red half of Merseyside by revealing how he pleaded with Karim Benzema to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, as the Frenchman was one of Sir Alex Ferguson's top targets that year and signing him from Lyon would have prevented Owen from making his switch to Old Trafford.

The 29-year-old France outcast has been at Madrid since 2009 but his time appears to be coming to an end.

And that summer, Benzema was signed alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Negredo, Kaka, Alvaro Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Raul Albiol and Esteban Garner.

The Frenchman has scored a very respectable 182 goals in 377 Real Madrid games, but that's nearly nothing compared to Ronaldo's haul of 414 goals in 407 appearances.

"I don't have any problem in any case".

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has named a surprise player he believes is as skilled as FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

"Open all the debates that you want, but I think that the players that I select, and in whom I have total confidence, deserve a minimum amount of respect". I respect him and I have always respected him.

The former striker told Canal+ that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to bring Benzema to Old Trafford and that he was second choice to the Frenchman. Even if he's someone I respect, after a while, I started to lose it.

In 2009, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tried to strengthen United's attacking line by signing the promising French talent, Benzema, but the player chose to join Madrid, so Ferguson made a decision to sign Owen from Newcastle United. I respect you, so you must respect me as a footballer.

"He is able to play one-touch football". He is more selfish than me, but that's normal.

Ben Arfa earned his move to Les Parisians two years ago, after scoring 18 goals in 34 matches for Nice.

A documentary on Benzema was aired in France on Sunday, but did not move Deschamps.

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