Karim Benzema is in the shape of his life and his career. He piled up the goals and gradually won the support of the public and observers. One wonders if he did not stay too long in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo. What the French responds bluntly.
Between 2010 and 2018, Real Madrid rhymed with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese piled up the goals, especially in important moments and big matches, to allow the Madrid club to add many lines to their list. An entire team was at the service of CR7, including a striker like Karim Benzema. But, since the departure of the Portuguese, Benzema seems to have perfectly assimilated his new role, that of Ronaldo, that of boss of Real. The French carries the Madrid attack with already 23 goals in 26 matches with the Merengues. Fourth in the last Ballon d’Or, Benzema has taken on another dimension in recent years, becoming a world reference in his position.
Benzema wants Ronaldo? Not at all !
This status of Benzema is a new thing for him, as for observers. Perfect technical complement to Ronaldo in the Madrid attack, he often remained in the shadow of the Portuguese at the time, even being underestimated by many journalists. Asked by the Team after being named best French player of the year 2021, he wanted to come back to his cohabitation with CR7.
“When he (Ronaldo) was playing at Real Madrid, he scored between 50 and 60 goals a year. So you have to adapt to this reality. He was more attracted than me by the goal. I gave him assists as he gave me. It was like that. When he left, what changed was that it was up to me to take over, to score goals, to make assists for my other team-mates. I’m not going to say that now everything goes through me, but I’m the creator and the finisher. I create the opportunity and I finish it. If I had put a part of me in parentheses? I don’t know, but I knew for a long time that one day or another I would be where I am today. It was just a matter of time. », he indicated.
In some time, Karim Benzema will become the second top scorer in the history of Real Madrid, behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the second-best assist provider in Real Madrid history behind Karim Benzema.
It’s beautiful, really. pic.twitter.com/aUanOcJzTp
— Francysco (@Franc_Ysco) January 8, 2022
Does Benzema regret this period which may have affected his world status? Absolutely not. The French only retains the positive. “He didn’t stop me from being the best version of me earlier. We won a lot of races, I really enjoyed myself. To think like that is to think individually. I won all my Champions League with him, many championships, we scored I don’t know how many goals, we were part of the magic trio with Bale, there are a lot of very good points and I don’t see any noir “, he confided. If Benzema has often allowed Ronaldo to improve his statistics, the current form of the Frenchman shows that the Portuguese has also been of great help to his friend.