Born in Lyon, France in December 1987. French professional footballer Karim Benzema, who is currently playing as a striker for La Liga club Real Madrid and his country’s national team, has an estimated net worth of $40 million. The soccer star began his career in 1996 when he joined Lyon’s youth academy before making a breakthrough into the senior team in 2004. He became an important member in the squad and was instrumental in helping the team to win four Ligue 1 titles in a row in addition to Coupe de France and Trophee des Champions titles. In 2009 Benzema signed for Real Madrid and has been the club’s main forward ever after, helping the club to win UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Supercopa de Espana. Internationally, he has been with France’s first team since 2007, making over 70 appearances and scoring 25 goals in the process. So far, he has won several awards including National Union of Professional Footballers Ligue 1 Player of the Year, Bravo Award, Ligue 1 Top Goalscorer, UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year and French Player of the Year.