Real Madrid Carlos Carpio gives his opinion
It was an irony as fine as his football, as subtle as his way of understanding this game. A silent dedicatory for all those blessed ignorant people who, after 11 seasons, still haven’t managed to understand that Karim Benzema is one of the best strikers in the world. No discussion.
For all those who have spent all these years saying “but he doesn’t score goals”, to criticise a player of etiquette that for all these years, in show of generosity that is rare in this world of egos, put his enormous talent to one side in order to benefit Cristiano Ronaldo. So, let’s celebrate a striker who doesn’t score goals becoming the fifth highest scorer in Real Madrid history. Benzema brought up this historical milestone of 243 goals, overtaking Ferenc Puskas and moving behind Santillana, Alfredo Di Stefano, Raul Gonzalez and Cristiano.
To do it, he received a first-time pass from the returning Marco Asensio and, with a spectacular piece of control that flicked over his head, he had no problem changing feet and launching a volley off his left foot that flew past Jasper Cillessen, who barely saw it go past him.
It was Benzema’s second goal on the night, his 21st this season, in which he’s only behind Lionel Messi in the race for the Pichichi Trophy. And it was his No.243 for Los Blancos. But, remember, they say that Benzema doesn’t score goals. What they don’t say is that he has magic in those boots. If you don’t like Benzema, you don’t like football.