Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 2 June 2020

'Continue to help each other' - Karim Benzema's Ramadan message for UAE

Real Madrid star lends his support to Dubai Sports Council’s ‘Be Fit, Be Safe’ campaign

Real Madrid and France star Karim Benzema has urged UAE residents to continue supporting each other during the difficult times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a message posted in support of Dubai Sports Council’s ‘Be Fit, Be Safe’ campaign, Benzema urged supporters in the UAE and across the globe to take all necessary precautions to stay safe.

The Frenchman, who has 81 caps with the national team and has made more than 330 appearances for Real Madrid since moving to the Spanish giants from Lyon in 2009, wished for God's blessings during the Holy month of Ramadan.

“Salaam Alaykum, it’s Karim Benzema,” the 32-year-old said in a video message. “I have a message to all my friends in the UAE and to all the Muslims around the world during this month of Ramadan.

“This period has been difficult for everyone due to the Coronavirus. So we need to continue to help each other during this crisis. Stay safe and take care of you and your loved ones. May God bless everyone. Love.”

The ‘Be Fit, Be Safe’ campaign, which was launched by Dubai Sports Council in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, has received widespread support with top football stars like Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, former Spain international Michel Salgado, and Portuguese star Joao Felix backing the campaign alongside greats like Luis Figo of Portugal, Brazil’s Roberto Carlos, Carles Puyol of Spain, Italy’s Gennaro Gattuso, and Frenchman Nicolas Anelka.

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