In soccer and in life it is good to have godparents of height, and Houssem Aouar It has one of world size: Karim Benzema. Lyon’s new pearl with Rayan Cherki is an offensive midfielder young (21 years), easy goal (nine goals and seven assists until the break in Ligue1) and that it sounds more and more powerful as a future of Real Madrid. Zidane has spent years scrutinizing the best that the French market has to offer and he also knows Aouar personally. Last December they played an indoor pachanga together in Dubai, where both were on vacation … It was a dream day for this new Franco-Algerian gem. “Zizou is the one who made me love soccer.” From idol to idol. “Karim gives me advice”, Aouar himself confessed recently. The friendly relationship between the two dates back many years. The Benzema and Aouar families know each other because they have always lived very close, in the suburbs of Lyon. The definitive push came in 2017. Houssem Aouar was not even professional yet and had already rejected Liverpool, but Benzema made a stellar presentation on his Instagram (his profile is that he has more followers from all over France): “This boy is very good, if he works he can go very far”. A photo of both in one of the Madrid striker’s visits to France did the rest. He has him under his wing to the point that part of his image matters is carried out by ordinary people. Benzema and Aouar, in 2017. It is not the only thing they have in common. Both are of Algerian origin and although Aouar has worn the French shirt until the Under-21, Algeria does not give up and last summer both the coach and the president of the Federation traveled to Paris to meet with the boy to convince him. A meeting that led to speculation, in the Algerian media, about if Benzema himself acted as a bridge, given the conflict between the nine white and the French Federation, and their ‘threat’ to try to play for Algeria. Aouar, in action with Lyon.AFP Blessed by GuardiolaAouar was being one of the most outstanding players in France until the brakes for the coronavirus and his list of fans has been growing accordingly. “He is an incredible footballer”, was the compliment of Guardiola in November 2018 after crossing it in the Champions League. In England, The Sun has written about City, (again) Liverpool and Real Madrid as clubs that have been interested in knowing how the contract is de Aouar, who ends with Lyon in 2023 and who is, by the way, a former PSG manager. Benzema’s protégé is in vogue.