Didier Deschamps pulled the surprise of Euro 2020 by selecting Karim Benzema in his squad for the upcoming tournament after a five-year absence, yet with the Real Madrid forward set to take on a leadership role within the group, the veteran has spoken of his manual for good football.
Benzema's career at Real Madrid has been sensational, and you can actually split it into two parts, with the first coming when he sacrificed himself to supply chances to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Benzema's play often went unnoticed and his relationship with supporters was tested on a number of occasions, yet since Ronaldo departed for Juventus the former Lyon star has flourished.
He has become his own player, carrying Los Blancos' attacking moves and fans now greatly appreciate exactly what they've had under their noses all along.
It's this level of performance which has forced even Deschamps to take notice, despite the belief being that the goalscorer would never again represent Les Bleus.
"When a match is over I know if I have done well or not, sometimes we don't talk much about movements but I understand football has become something else," Benzema explained to L'Equipe.
"Now, when you score in the last minute of the match, it doesn't matter if you've been the worst player, you're now seen as the best.
"It has happened to me, but football isn't just statistics, that's not good for me, if I scored a goal but played horribly then I won't go home happy."
When asked on what he believes defines respecting the game, Benzema gave a rather thoughtful response.
"Knowing if you have to play with one touch, shoot or if you have to cross the ball," he added.
"Football is all those things, you have to respect it.
"To do beautiful things, the passing of Zidane or the scoring of Ronaldo, you need to play with one touch."