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Karim Benzema passes Raul in Real Madrid’s all-time scorers

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema in action during the UEFA Super Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt. | PHOTO: Getty Images |
  • Real Madrid defeated Bunedsliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in the UEFA Super Cup final match
  • Karim Benzema was on target for Real Madrid setting a record in the process
  • Benzema has overtaken club legend Raul in the all-time goal scorers for the club 

Karim Benzema became Real Madrid’s second-highest goalscorer as he overtook club legend Raul by netting in the UEFA Super Cup.

Benzema tied level in second place on the club’s list of scorers back in May, when he equalled Los Blancos great Raul on 323 goals with a header in a 6-0 rout of Levante.

He is now alone in second, on 324, after netting Madrid’s second against Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday in Helsinki.

With David Alaba having put Madrid ahead in the first half, Benzema made it 2-0 in the 65th minute as he struck up with Vinicius Junior for a familiar combination.

Real Madrid V Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0: UEFA Super Cup

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring in the UEFA Super Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday, August 10 2022. | PHOTO: Getty Images |

Vinicius assisted Benzema 10 times last season, and the Brazil winger’s cross from the left side of the area presented Madrid’s new club captain with the chance to side-foot home a first-time finish that crept through Kevin Trapp.

Only Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a remarkable 450 goals during his nine-year spell at Santiago Bernabeu between 2009 and 2018, stands ahead of Benzema, though it would seem unlikely the 34-year-old France striker will go on to match that record.

Carlo Ancelotti had little hesitancy in hailing Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema as the best player in world football.

Since the start of last season, Benzema has scored 45 goals in all competitions for Madrid. That is a tally bettered only by new Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski (50), when it comes to players from Europe’s top five leagues.

With this year’s Ballon d’Or awards taking place prior to the World Cup, Benzema seems a certainty to be in the running for the prize.

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema with the UEFA Super Cup trophy. | PHOTO: Getty Images |

In a pre-match media briefing on Tuesday, Benzema explained that it was not for him to say if he is the world’s best, but instead he would leave it up to others to decide.

Asked in his post-match news conference if Benzema – who had four shots and created three chances in Madrid’s win on Wednesday – could be considered the best player on the planet, Ancelotti was effusive in his reply.

“I think [he is the best], yes,” Ancelotti said. “He is our most important player right now, the most efficient player in the world at this moment.

Carlo Ancelotti had little hesitancy in hailing Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema as the best player in world football.

Since the start of last season, Benzema has scored 45 goals in all competitions for Madrid. That is a tally bettered only by new Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski (50), when it comes to players from Europe’s top five leagues.

With this year’s Ballon d’Or awards taking place prior to the World Cup, Benzema seems a certainty to be in the running for the prize.

In a pre-match media briefing on Tuesday, Benzema explained that it was not for him to say if he is the world’s best, but instead he would leave it up to others to decide.

Asked in his post-match news conference if Benzema – who had four shots and created three chances in Madrid’s win on Wednesday – could be considered the best player on the planet, Ancelotti was effusive in his reply.

“I think [he is the best], yes,” Ancelotti said. “He is our most important player right now, the most efficient player in the world at this moment.

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