Karim Benzema unfollows all but FIVE France team-mates – but still follows Zidane amid rumours he could return to fold | The SunDecember 23, 2022
BALLON d'OR winner Karim Benzema unfollowed all but FIVE of his France team-mates following his World Cup exit.
Benzema was sent home on the eve of the tournament after picking up an injury.
But there was speculation that he could have returned to the France fold for last Sunday's final against Argentina.
However, he reportedly rejected the opportunity to go back to Qatar after falling out with manager, Didier Deschamps.
Benzema then retired from international football, taking to social media to announce his decision following France's penalty shootout final loss to the South Americans.
And according to Marca, there's no love lost for most of his ex-international pals.
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Benzema unfollowed all but FIVE France aces.
Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane and Marcus Thuram all survived the mass axing.
Camavinga and Tchouameni are Benzema's teammates at Madrid.
Varane also used to play alongside the striker at Los Blancos.
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The 2022 Ballon d'Or winner did, however, keep on following France icon Zinedine Zidane, who is rumoured to be keen on taking up the post as manager of Les Bleus.
Deschamps is believed to be weighing up his future after the World Cup and Zidane is one of the favourites to take over.
And Benzema could come out of retirement to play under his former Real Madrid manager.
Interestingly, Salt Bae survived.
Nusret Gokce caused controversy by appearing on the pitch after the World Cup final.
Salt Bae held the trophy, which Fifa are now deciding to investigate.
He also pestered players, including World Cup-winning captain Lionel Messi, who for the most part looked largely unimpressed by the chef.
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