Here is Karim Benzema hanging out with Rihanna last night in New York

The Soccer Gods are into soccer love. Whether that’s Herculez Gomez tying the knot, Chicharito’s tabloid romance, or Dom Dwyer and Sydney Leroux getting matching eyebrows, we’re on the case, because soccer players need love, too.

Today’s love investigation involves Instagram hero and Real Madrid and France forward Karim Benzema, who was seen with R&B queen and soccer lover Rihanna.

The pair were spotted in New York City last night “hanging out.” As far as we’re concerned, that means “in love.” And why wouldn’t we want that? It makes a lot of sense, especially when you realize that Benzema is quite adept at making music videos. Benzhanna could do big things in both soccer and music. Last night at Coppelia Restaurant in Cheslea, they were probably talking about their future together.

That may explain this message from RiRi last June, after France failed to score against Ecuador in the World Cup group stage:

And his response:

She cares about Karim. Why shouldn’t they love each other?

Until you recall Rihanna’s affection for Germans:

And her general affection for soccer players:

But that shouldn’t deter Benzema. With the emergence of Chicharito in Madrid toward the end of the season, he should be used to a little competition.