Karim Benzema bids goodbye to Real Madrid after spending 14 years with the club

Benzema scored a second-half penalty to earn Madrid a draw in their final league match of the season against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. He finishes the season with 31 goals and six assists in 43 games in all competitions.

Karim joined Real from hometown club Lyon in 2009 and has made 658 appearances, scoring 354 goals and 165 assists; making him the highest assist maker and the second highest goalscorer of all time for the club.

The French forward won 25 major trophies in his time with Real Madrid, making him the joint most-successful player in their history. Benzema won LaLiga on four occasions and lifted the Champions League five times during a trophy-laden spell in Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti said: “His departure was a surprise for everyone, but you have to understand it. I am sending him off knowing that I have coached one of the best players in the world and one of the best forwards.”

Benzema has signed the agreement with Saudi Pro League champions Al-Ittihad - managed by former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, for a three-year deal that is said to be worth $107 million net per annum.