Karim Benzema has been wearing a bandage on his right hand for more than three years, but why?
In a piece produced by AS, they report that It all began on 13 January 2019, at the Benito Villamarín in Seville, during a match between Real Betis and Real Madrid.
After a tackle by Betis defender Marc Bartra and trying to avoid falling flat, Benzema fractured the little finger on his right hand. He was unable to play the second half of that game or Madrid’s next game, a second leg tie in the Copa del Rey last 16 against Leganés.
Benzema was back for the following fixture in La Liga, against Sevilla at home. On that day he wore the bandage for the first time, and in the four subsequent games, against Girona, Espanyol, Girona again and Alavés, he scored six goals.
Madrid’s number nine didn’t undergo surgery at the time so as not to leave his team without their most important player in attack.
Questions remained as to whether or not he had undergone surgery, as Benzema had not confirmed it and belief had been generated that he kept the bandage on out of superstition, having coincided with his best goalscoring tally ever.
Recently, ahead of Real Madrid’s visit to Inter Milan in the Champions League, the Frenchman said: “First I had an operation, but when you have an operation you have to be off for two months and I wanted to continue playing with my team-mates. I’ve hurt myself again, but now I don’t have time to stop and to go through another operation. That’s why I’m playing with the bandage.“