Karim Benzema spent years in the shadows of Cristiano Ronaldo and later Gareth Bale, before Eden Hazard’s arrival in the summer once again saw his presence at the forefront of Madrid’s attack perhaps taken for granted.
However, this season Benzema has been the one consistent entity in a Los Blancos side that have been criminally inconsistent as a unit. Madrid sit second in the La Liga standings at the moment, but they could have been leading the pack had they not slipped up and drawn 0-0 with Real Betis on Saturday – just three days after they thrashed Leganes 5-0 on the very same turf.
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Marquee signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic have so far been unimpressive, mustering just one goal between them, while Benzema has, like he’s always done, gone about his business without fuss, notching nine goals and five assists for his club in all competitions.
The 31-year-old’s latest contributions came in a 6-0 Champions League drubbing over Galatasaray on Wednesday night at the Bernabeu, where he scored twice to take his overall tally in the UCL to 50 goals for Madrid.
Here’s how fans reacted to his landmark effort on Twitter:
— julia (@mesutsoezils) November 7, 2019
— P U R P L E 😈 (@Purple_z33) November 7, 2019
— David ⚽️ (@davidr51892) November 7, 2019
One of the underrated strikers of this generation.
— Saif Alam (@Saifalaam) November 7, 2019
— P. Venâncio_M (@PedroMi70162754) November 7, 2019
People say Benzema is not consistent, well he have scored 62 goals in CL so far and sits in 4th in all time record.
— shon (@shonyohoram) November 7, 2019
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