Liga: unstoppable, can Benzema become the first French "Pichichi"?

Engaged in a completely crazy season from a statistical point of view, Karim Benzema is behind Lionel Messi in the ranking of the top scorers in La Liga. With 21 achievements, the 33-year-old striker can easily claim this honorary title and enter a little more into the history of French football.

From a collective point of view, the duel between Karim Benzema, Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez has resulted this season in a fierce fight at the top of La Liga. Real Madrid (1st), Atlético (2nd, with one game less) and FC Barcelona (4th, two games less) stand by only five points, and the Spanish league, like the League 1, is more contested than ever.

From an individual point of view too, the battle for scorers is raging in the upper spheres of Spain, a ranking still dominated by Messi, still as consistent with Barça yet far from being the most dominant in history. But Karim Benzema, author of a resounding season and a new double Wednesday during the Madrid victory on the lawn of Cadiz (0-3, 31st day), is in the race to steal the title of “Pichichi”, trusted for four seasons by the “Pulga”.

Benzema keeps pace with Messi

At 33, Benzema is in the shape of his life. The Frenchman is resplendent this year, and carries Real Madrid at arm’s length, as often since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018. Thursday in Cadiz, the striker added three new feats of arms to his collection: he now has scored at least one goal against the 35 teams he faced in La Liga, became the club’s best passer in La Liga history ahead of CR7 (88 assists

), and the third player (along with both Ronaldo’s) to score more than 20 La Liga goals in three consecutive seasons in the 21st century.

With 21 goals to his name in the league (in 28 games), Benzema is on schedule to finish top scorer in La Liga this season, a feat never achieved by a Frenchman in the history of the competition. Only Lionel Messi is ahead of him (23, in 28 games as well), but the former Lyonnais keeps pace. Like the 33-year-old Argentinian, he has scored 11 goals in his last 10 matches, including one in the Clasico (2-1) on April 10. The feat is underway, and Benzema could well snatch an honorary title which would validate, a little more still, the mark he will have left beyond the Pyrenees.

Romain Daveau Journalist RMC Sport

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