Real Madrid vs Valencia Second season in a row
Real Madrid needed a hero against Valencia and Karim Benzema was that man, just like so many other occasions over the past two seasons.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo departed the club, he has been the leader in attack and against Valencia he connected with Eden Hazard to open the scoring at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
It means that it’s the second campaign in a row in which Benzema has surpassed the 20-goal mark in a season.
Goal number 21 was even more impressive, with an incredible control on his right foot before smashing left-footed volley.
While he has always been an important player, Benzema hasn’t always been the go-to goalscorer, until he notched 30 goals last season.
In 2017/18, he scored just 12 goals, with 19 in 2016/17, when 20 goals was an optimistic target at best.
Benzema’s scoring record remains the 2011/12 campaign, when he scored 32 goals, ahead of 2015/16 when he converted 28 efforts.
Now, his goals are more valuable than ever and his link-up play with Hazard could prove to be crucial for the future of Real Madrid.
With 16 goals in LaLiga Santander, he is a little way off competing with Lionel Messi’s 20 for the Pichichi Trophy, but if he keeps up this form…