Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud have been at loggerheads recently with a bitter feud emerging between the pair.
Les Bleus won the World Cup in Russia two years ago and then-Arsenal forward Giroud played a key role in helping his country claim glory.
Real Madrid star Benzema was not involved in France’s success and has been less than impressed with his compatriot.
And he has fired shots at the Chelsea man.
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What did Benzema say about Giroud?
Speaking on social media, Benzema was asked how he rated fellow centre-forward Giroud.
He said: “This won’t take long. You don’t confuse F1 with go-karting. And I’m being kind. Next… and I know I’m F1.
“It works because he’s there. That’s all. It’s not going to be spectacular, it’s not going to be anything crazy but in his way you see more of Griezmann or Mbappe because he will put the work in.
“Does everyone like that way of playing? I don’t know.”
Benzema later doubled down on his scathing assessment, adding: “About Giroud, I simply told the truth.
“But we didn’t remember what I said about him, especially about what he brings to the French national team.
“We just remembered the moment when I said I was F1 and he was karting. That’s what I think, that’s the truth, and that’s how it is.”
Antoine Griezmann won the World Cup with Giroud and has defended of his France team-mate.
“I can’t answer all that, that could get me into trouble,” the Barcelona star said on Twitch.
“I love Olivier Giroud, he’s a good player and he helped us win the World Cup. And that’s important in life.”
Why does Benzema not play for France?
Despite starring for Real Madrid for several years, Benzema’s international career has looked over for some time.
The Real ace hasn’t played for France in nearly five years after becoming involved in an alleged blackmail sex tape plot involving ex-teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
Giroud was targeted by booing French fans in the aftermath and spoke out after being jeered during the European Championship on home soil.
Speaking to Le Parisien in 2016, he said: “I immediately realised that the people who booed me were not anti-Giroud, but pro-Benzema.
“It could not be otherwise. I came from a great season with Arsenal. It was just disappointing.
“Yes, it annoyed me. I was not even remotely responsible for this story and I did not understand the kind of hatred that developed against me.”
In November 2019, France Football Federation president Noel le Graet ended any hopes of a recall for the French ace, who is Real Madrid’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 241 goals.
He said: “For me, Benzema is a very good player. I have never criticised his qualities.
“On the contrary, he is proving again this year at Madrid that he is one of the best players in his position.
“But the adventure with France is over.”
Who has most goals for France?
Giroud has emerged as Didier Deschamps’ go-to striker with Benzema not getting a look in.
The Chelsea striker has earned 97 caps for the world champions, netting 39 times.
His last goal came in a 2-1 win over Moldova back in November 2019.
Benzema has played 81 times for his country with his cap coming in 2015. He has scored 27 goals for Les Bleus.