WATCH: Karim Benzema gets deafening reception at Al-Ittihad unveiling as ex-Real Madrid star holds Ballon d’Or aloft to 60,000 frenzied supporters

  • Benzema unveiled at Al-Ittihad
  • Striker held up Ballon d'Or
  • Fans went wild for new star

WHAT HAPPENED? The French striker donned the Al-Ittihad jersey and held up his 2022 Ballon d'Or as the King Abdullah Sports City stadium went wild for their new star on Thursday.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The 35-year-old joined the Saudi champions on a three-year contract this week after leaving Real Madrid at the end of his contract. He is said to be set to earn around €200 million (£172m/$213m) per season in the Middle East.

WHAT NEXT FOR BENZEMA? The forward will hope to fire the Jeddah team to a second consecutive Saudi Pro League title next season.