France's forward Karim Benzema (L, on June 25, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro) and Nigeria's forward Ahmed Musa (R, on February 6, 2013 in Durban). (AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN / ALEXANDER JOE)
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Fast forward to the World Cup in Brazil and Benzema is now the toast of the Gallic nation, with three goals in as many games and man-of-the-match performances in the victories over Honduras and Switzerland.Benzema came into the World Cup following a fine season with Real when he netted 24 goals in 52 games in all competitions and helped the world's richest club by income to win a 10th Champions League crown and the King's Cup.Deschamps, who captained France to their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 triumphs, is only too happy to agree.Nigeria reached the second round on their first two World Cup appearances in 1994 and 1998 but were eliminated at the group stage at their two subsequent finals in 2002 and 2010 .
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