Karim Benzema has added a line in the legendary history of Real Madrid. And not moidres. The French striker is now the second striker in the history of the Madrid club to equal Raul. He joined the iconic Spaniard by scoring his 323rd goal with Real on Wednesday night against Levante. There is only one man in front of Benzema now: the inevitable Cristiano Ronaldo and his 450 goals in meringue colors.
The story goes that Benzema joined Raul on a header. The former Lyonnais man showed all his instincts as a scorer with a call that surprised the defender before slamming a victorious header over an impeccable cross from Vinicius in the 19th minute of play. He scored the second goal for Real. Six minutes earlier, another Frenchman had made his mark as Ferland Mendy opened the scoring for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
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Arriving at Real in 2009 from Lyon for a check for 35 million euros, Benzema scored this 323rd goal on the occasion of his 603rd appearance under the Madrid jersey, all competitions combined. The French international (94 selecții, 36 goals), captain of Real, has in passing registered his 44th goal of the season all competitions combined in… 44 matches. Benzema also bolstered his lead at the top of the Liga scorers’ standings with a 27th goal. He is also the top scorer in the Spanish league with 12 assists, as he served Vinicius Jr. on Real’s 5th goal against Levante.
That he joins a player like Raul says a lot, a long time, about the imprint that Benzema is leaving on Real. This season, he had already overtaken two other Spanish club legends, Carlos Santillana (290 goals) and Alfredo Di Stefano (308 goals). This 323rd goal mainly reflects the exceptional level of a player at the top of his art, from the top of his 34 years. His 15 goals in the Champions League to take Real to the final against Liverpool and also attest. The title of champion of Spain in the pocket, the mark of Raul equaled, the former Lyonnais is now the C1 in the crosshairs. In the meantime, of course, the Ballon d’Or …
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