Karim Benzema is getting closer to Raul’s prestigious record, stringing him good performances.
When Real Madrid take on Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, Karim Benzema will have extra motivation.
Indeed, the French striker is only one goal behind Raul Gonzalez in terms of strikes in the Champions League, who is the second highest scorer in club history in the best European competition.
Benzema is in his 17th season in Europe’s top competition and has scored 70 goals during that time, Raul sitting on 71.
Benzema is only passed by Cristiano Ronaldo, with 105 Champions League goals as a Real Madrid player (134 in total), and by 120 for Leo Messi. In third place, Robert Lewandowski, with 73 goals.
It is often said that Benzema is simply on such a high number of goals due to the years he has played, but statistics show he has a better average than Raul.
The legendary former Los Blancos striker needed 142 games and 12,013 minutes to reach 71 goals (one goal every 169.1 minutes). The Frenchman has played 127 matches and scored 70 goals in exactly 9,000 minutes in the competition (one goal every 128 minutes).
Author of a sublime “Madjer” at the start of the El Clasico match against FC Barcelona on Saturday night, Karim Benzema launched the debate perfectly and scored his 19th goal of the season in the league.
This has earned him some praise from a former partner at Real. “The best striker in La Liga has shown his class yet again, my guy Benzi,” his former colleague Mesut Özil commented on Twitter. “Very good first half,” Ozil commented.