October 3, 2023

KARIM BENZEMA did not swap shirts with any of his Chelsea victims – and instead gave his special top to a Manchester United legend.

The Real Madrid striker was at his absolute peak once again at Stamford Bridge last night.

His two superb headers were backed up with a gift of a third immediately after half-time.

That took his tally to a whopping six goals within less than 90 minutes of Champions League football – and put one Los Blancos foot into the semi-finals.

But after being subbed off for Gareth Bale late on, he did not exchange jerseys with any Blues stars after the full-time whistle.

Benzema did his media duties on the pitch and then spotted close pal and former France team-mate Patrice Evra.

Evra was there on TV punditry duties and was delighted to see the hat-trick hero.

And as Benzema collected the match ball and the man-of-the-match award, he did not return to Madrid with his shirt.

That is because he handed it over to Evra to keep.

Evra shared a photo of the pair holding up the famous white shirt complete with “Benzema 9” behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.

Incredibly, Benzema had been fasting all day for Ramadan – although may have broken the fast at sunset at 7.47pm, 13 minutes before kick-off.

And the striker had a brief moment of panic as he tried to enter the stadium.

Benzema had misplaced his pass to get into the ground and boss Carlo Ancelotti joked he would be dropped if he could not find it.

Thankfully for everyone at Real Madrid – and Evra – the vintage veteran made his way in and caused havoc on the pitch.

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