In the first leg of the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night (4-3) against Manchester City, Karim Benzema was once again breathtaking. The author of a double, he has again taken note of the statistics of his historical season.
Even when Real seems badly dressed, Karim Benzema is there. That’s what he showed again on Tuesday evening in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League (4-3). With Manchester City already 2–0 ahead after 10 minutes and Madrid head-on, Karim Benzema got his team back on track with a goal at the half-hour mark. Scores at the end of the match, Daring Panenka (82nd) on one and Real thus retained all their chances to qualify for the comeback match next Wednesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s records in the viewfinder
With this double (8th of the season) in his pocket, Karim Benzema became the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo (44 goals) in 2017-18 to score more than 40 goals in a single season with Real, showing that The French manage their team almost alone.
Karim Benzema could be on par or even above the Portuguese as he still has (at least) one C1 semi-final to play, as well as four La Liga days. For now, the tricolor international remains at an impressive position of 41 goals in 41 games.
Another statistic seen by Opta: Karim Benzema is the French player with the most runs in a single season on the European scene with 14 goals. Behind former Lyonnais: Just Fontaine (1958-59) with 10 goals, then David Trezeguet (2001-02), Wissam Ben Yedder (2017-18) and Kylian Mbappe (2020-2021), with eight goals each. Will the Madrid striker go for the record 17 goals held by Cristiano Ronaldo since the 2013-2014 season?
To the Ballon d’Or?
These figures give a little more weight to this season where everything is successful for the French international. Will he be crowned the Ballon d’Or in a few months? “I am thinking above all about winning the Champions League and La Liga. I am focused on the collective goals,” he dodged on Tuesday evening. But to choose between winning a fifth C1 with Real or the first Ballon d’Or, the Frenchman did not hesitate either: “Champions League Direct!”, he replied with a smile.