The former Real Madrid player showered the Merengue striker with praise in an interview with Marca.
Christian Karembeu compared Karim Benzema to Raul, explaining that the French striker can match the Spaniard’s legendary status at Real Madrid.
Benzema in pursuit of legend Raul
Raul is the club’s second all-time top scorer with 323 goals, while Benzema is currently fifth on the list out of 274.
“He is a very complete player, who can play on the right or on the left,” Karembeu said of Benzema on Radio MARCA.
“He has shown his talent scoring goals and he is close to being like Raul, although he would need to do more seasons.”
“I think he’s doing really well at Real Madrid.” He needs to stay focused because he can increase his Champions League goalscoring records. We have many successful players who have come from France and he is one of them, feeling supported by a coach like Zinedine Zidane who gives him confidence. “
Indeed, the French striker is only one goal behind Raul in terms of Champions League goals, who is the club’s second-highest scorer in Europe’s top competition.
The former Lyon player is in his 17th season in Europe’s top competition and has scored 70 goals during that time, with 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, we find Robert Lewandowski, with 73 goals.
As a reminder, Raul 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).