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Karim Benzema has laid into fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud on social media and stated he is 'Formula One' while the latter is 'karting'.
Benzema hasn't played for France since before Euro 2016 while Giroud has led the line at two international tournaments.
The Real Madrid striker is still performing consistently at club level, unlike Giroud who has had an inconsistent 18 months at Chelsea.
"You don't compare Formula 1 with karting, and I am being nice," Benzema was quick to point out on Instagram Live per Daily Mail.
Giroud deserves to play ahead of you in the national team?
Benzema: "You don't confuse F1 with go-karting." :joy::joy::joy::joy: pic.twitter.com/FrOwauOIMP
- M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) March 29, 2020
"Next...I know that I am Formula 1.
"It works because he is there, that is the only reason. It won't be spectacular, he won't do something amazing, but he has his thing.
"Aside from that, does everyone like the way he plays? I don't know."
Giroud has been a regular fixture in Didier Deschamps side and helped them to World Cup victory in 2018.
The 33-year-old is also 'Les Bleus' third highest goalscorer of all time, behind Michel Platini and Thierry Henry.
He forced his way back into Frank Lampard's Chelsea side this season after injury to Tammy Abraham, scoring two goals in his three Premier League starts before football's recent postponement.
Meanwhile, Benzema hasn't played for his national side after an issue with Mathieu Valbuena in which he was accused of blackmailing the Olympiacos midfielder.
The 32-year-old has enjoyed a prolific season under Zinedine Zidane with many wondering if he could make a return to the international set-up.
However, president of the France Football Federation Noel le Graet quickly put an end to those rumours.
It lead to another Twitter outburst from Benzema, who is also eligible to represent Algeria.
Noël je croyais que vous n'interfériez pas dans les décisions du sélectionneur!Sachez que c'est moi et moi seul qui mettrait un terme à ma carrière internationale.
Si vous pensez que je suis terminé, laissez moi jouer pour un des pays pour lequel je suis éligible et nous verrons.
- Karim Benzema (@Benzema) November 16, 2019
"If you think that I am finished, let me play for a country that I am eligible to play for and we will see," he stated per Goal.
What do you think of Benzema's rant and was he too harsh on Giroud?
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Featured Image Credit: Karim Benzema/Instagram & PA Images
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