Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is considering a boxing career when he retires from football – and it is all thanks to Mike Tyson.
The Frenchman has scored 26 goals in the La Liga giants’ campaign, helping them to the title while preparing to take on Manchester City in the Champions League.
It is his 11th year at the Bernabeu, putting him two strikes off 250 goals in more than 500 appearances.
While the 32-year-old has packed a punch for Madrid, the forward has revealed that he would be up for taking on a new form of combat when he retires from football.
Speaking to kickboxing pal Fouad Ezbiri on YouTube, Benzema said: ”I get a thrill out of combat sports, and I love to train.
“Once my football career is over, why don’t I train with you for six months?
“Then, if you think I am ready for a fight, there’s no problem as far as I’m concerned.
“I swear to God, I’m up for it.”
And he went on to reveal that Mike Tyson, the youngest ever heavyweight champion who is preparing for a comeback, is an inspiration.
Benzema added: ”It’s his strength. I have always admired his presence, his determination and attitude.
“Besides, he has come from nowhere.”
Iron Mike will be stepping into the boxing ring in California on September 12 against Roy Jones Jr, 15 years after his last professional fight.
The pair have a lot of experience, boasting a total age of 105 years old between them.
And the 54-year-old has been getting back into the trash talk, telling TMZ: “If the opportunity comes, I’m always looking for it.
“This is search and destroy and I’m looking forward to recapturing my glory.”
While the Frenchman has had another prolific season at Madrid, Benzema does not make the top of Daily Star Sport’s top 10 forwards in world football.
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