Benzema attended Olympique Lyonnais Academy. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. It came into news later after a prostitution case was filed. He moved to Lyon in the 1950s. The clinic was a success for the French international who lost a total of 8 kilograms and managed to build up lean quality muscle mass. [31], Following the departure of Franck Ribéry to German club Bayern Munich ahead of the 2007–08 season, Valbuena was inserted as his replacement. [35], In the league, Valbuena appeared in 29 matches and scored three goals. vs. Albania 17 Nov W 2-0 FT . [43] Club president Pape Diouf and several members of the board disagreed with Deschamps sentiments stating that Valbuena was "un-transferable". Mathieu Valbuena, 35, from France Olympiacos Piraeus, since 2019 Attacking Midfield Market value: €1.00m * Sep 28, 1984 in Bruges, France But, weight is ever changing. [68] In the team's final two December league matches prior to the winter break against Lorient and Nancy, Valbuena scored a goal and assisted on another in each match; Marseille won both matches. [101] He was named in the starting line-up for the team's opening match against Honduras, making his tournament debut. In 2008, Karim appeared in the TV series documentary Le grand journal de Canal+ as himself. Karim Benzema Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics. Karim debuted for the senior national team of France on March 28, 2007, against Austria. Midfielder. He is one of those players who loves to go to the gym and work on his body, despite the fact that typical bodybuilding programs won’t make any good to the performance of the footballer. Tholot described Valbuena as "the architect of the team" and sought to build the team around him. He scored three goals; two in victories over Auxerre and Le Havre and one in a loss to Paris Saint-Germain. Karim Benzema dated – Zahia Dehar (2008) – Algerian-French fashion designer and the former prostitute had s*x with Karim when she was 16 in 2008. [13] Two weeks later, Valbuena scored a double in a 3–1 victory away to Cherbourg. [37] On 9 March, Valbuena, for the second straight season, scored the game-winning goal in a win over Saint-Étienne. He played in 31 league matches and scored nine goals, all of which came in victories. The total fee was 41 million euros. [82], On 6 March 2020, Valbuena has extended his contract with Olympiacos until the summer of 2021. vs. Albania 18 Nov W 2-0 FT . [65] On 28 August, Valbuena scored both of Marseille's goal in a 3–2 defeat away to Lille. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. When it comes to nutrition, since the former legendary football player Zinedine Zidane joined Real Madrid as an assistant in 2013, Benzema’s awareness about the importance of having a quality nutrition rose to another level. Just three days after Usain Bolt was pictured in the same shot as a bolt of lightning, France midfielder Mathieu Valbuena appears to be almost half the height of Belgium's Marouane Fellaini. [3] He is described by his former coach at Libourne Saint-Seurin Didier Tholot as "an explosive player who is capable of quickly taking two opponents out of the game to create space, above all due to his dribbling skills. On 16 September 2014, he had to undergo an emergency appendectomy. [17], In November 2005, Valbuena returned to his early season form after scoring four goals over the course of three matches. Last season his average was 0.1 goals per game, he scored 4 goals in 40 club matches. Bruges. Valbuena got off to a quick start in the team's 2011–12 campaign. [19][20] As a result of his performances, Valbuena was linked to several clubs in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, most notably Saint-Étienne and Auxerre, in December. He was a good student and has been described as discreet and respectful. [29] He appeared as a substitute for the majority of the season and even spent some time playing on the club's reserve team in the fifth division. Mathieu Valbuena is a French professional footballer who plays for Greek club Olympiacos. [4] Valbuena grew up in nearby Blanquefort where his parents still reside. [57] Four days later, Valbuena scored the third goal in the team's 4–0 win over Montpellier. [32] In the team's next group stage match against English club Liverpool at Anfield, Valbuena scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory. [8] It has been commonly stated that Valbuena was let go by the club due to his small size; however, former club player and trainer Philippe Lucas explained that Valbuena was let go because he struggled to "transform his game from that of a young player to that of a professional" and that "his game needed to be faster and he needed to avoid confrontations". In the 2010–11 season, Valbuena was inserted as a starter by Deschamps for the start of the campaign despite the arrivals of wingers Loïc Rémy and André Ayew. Ribery 171.5 just 6 cm taller than him. [48] In the final, he scored the second goal in a 3–1 victory over his former club Bordeaux.