Christian Karembeu: Ex-Real Madrid Star Reveals His Family Members Were Killed In New Caledonia Violence

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    Christian Karembeu has put out a piece of painful information, expressing that his family members (niece and nephew) have been killed in violence rocking New Caledonia.

    Seven people have lost their lives during trouble in the French pacific territory, after heated and controversial voting reforms.

    Karembeu was born in the territory and he is currently a strategic advisor, sporting director, and ambassador for Greek giants Olympiacos.

    Speaking during an interview with Europe 1, Christian Karembeu shared the heart-rending information, saying: “I lost members of my family. That’s why I remained silent because I’m in mourning. Two people in my family were shot in the head.”

    The 53-year-old added: “We hope that there will be investigations into these murders.”

    New Caledonia is a group of islands between Australia and Fiji. Protest in the territory has been spearheaded by the indigenous Kanak community, of whom Karembeu is a member.

    Currently, voting in the locality is limited to indigenous Kanaks and individuals who arrived from France before 1998.

    Reports indicate that the planned reform would bring about the emergence of more French residents being able to vote – including individuals who have been in New Caledonia for at least a decade – 10 years.

    Christian Karembeu Family

    Karembeu was previously married to Slovak model Adriana Sklenařiková, whom he met on an airplane, with the couple going separate ways in March 2011 before divorcing in December 2022.

    The marriage involving the pair didn’t produce children and in May 2017, Christian Karembeu tied the knot with Jackie Chamoun, a Lebanese skier, in Greece.

    Their wedding ceremony went down in Lebanon, with the pair announcing the birth of their first daughter, Gaia, on September 27, 2017.

    They also welcomed another daughter, Alessia, in 2020. Reports indicate that Karembeu also has another daughter named, Ines, who was born in 1995.

    Ines was birthed by Estelle, who Christian Karembeu dated for a brief period.

    Christian Karembeu Football Career

    Christian Karembeu moved to mainland France at the age of 17 to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional footballer and his dreams came to fruition when he signed for the second team of French side Nantes on October 1, 1988.

    Karembeu subsequently went up the ladder to the senior team on July 1, 1990, before exiting the club to join Sampdoria on a free transfer on July 1, 1995.

    Following an impressive spell with the Italian club, the Frenchman joined Real Madrid on January 7, 1998, for a fee of €12.5 million.

    Christian Karembeu went on to play for several other clubs, including; Middlesbrough, Olympiacos, Servette FC, and SC Bastia.

    Karembeu, who played primarily as a defensive midfielder, amassed 459 club career appearances, scoring 24 goals and providing 17 assists in all competitions.

    Internationally, Christian Karembeu made 53 appearances for France, scoring 1 goal and providing 5 assists across all competitions.

    Christian Karembeu With The French National Team

    The midfielder had a relatively successful career, winning several trophies, including; 1 FIFA World Cup, 1 UEFA European Championship, and 2 UEFA Champions League titles.

    Karembeu has over the years received massive praise for the brilliance he accentuated during his career, often being described as a “complete midfielder”.

    Christian Karembeu was a physically imposing, energetic, and technically gifted two-way midfielder, who was known for his passing range, dribbling abilities, stamina, and hard-tackling playing style.

    Moreover, apart from defensive midfield, the 53-year-old was also capable of functioning in other positions, including in a box-to-box role, as a right-sided midfielder, or even as a right back.

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