5 greatest strikers in Real Madrid history: Only 1 player is placed ahead of Benzema

Karim Benzema entered the top five lists of the best strikers in Real Madrid history thanks to the goal he scored against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Santillana (290 goals)


The name of the footballer, born in 1952, is derived from his birthplace of Santillana del Mar. He began his career at Racing Santander before being hired by Real Madrid at the age of 19 in 1971. Since then, a new chapter in the Spanish legend’s career has begun.

Santillana played for Real Madrid from 1971 until 1988, when his playing days came to an end. He played in 645 games and scored 290 goals, 186 of which were in La Liga.

With the Spanish royal squad, this well-known attacker amassed 16 championships, including two UEFA Cups, four Copa del Reys, and nine La Liga crowns. He had a strong scoring record, but he never took home the Pichichi. 

Alfredo Di Stefano (380 goals)


The Spanish icon is regarded as one of Real Madrid’s all-time finest players. He made 396 matches and 308 goals for the Spanish royal squad between 1953 and 1964.

The footballer known as “Silver Arrow” won several championships with Los Blancos between 1956 and 1960, including 8 La Liga crowns and particularly 5 straight European championships.

Di Stefano has five Pichichi, two Ballon d’Or, and has frequently made the world’s typical team, among other personal accomplishments. That further demonstrates the magnificence of the Bernabeu legend.

Raul Gonzalez (323 goals)


Raul has spent the best of his playing career to dedicate himself to Real Madrid. A product of La Fabrica furnace, Raul entered the first team at the age of 17 and scored 10 goals in his first season. After that, his shooting performance continuously improved over the years. The most brilliant season was 2000/01, Raul scored 32 goals.

Before leaving to join Schalke 04, Raul went on to score 323 goals in 741 matches, win 6 La Liga, 3 Champions League and many other trophies. 

Karim Benzema (324 goals)


Benzema moved up to second on the list of the best strikers in Real Madrid history with a goal against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Benzema, who moved to Real Madrid from Lyon in 2009, had a strong start to the current campaign. But at one time, some questioned his skills and even gave him the moniker “Lazy Cat.”

But once Cristiano Ronaldo departed the Bernabeu in 2018, the French striker made it quite known that he was expected to lead the assault. His scoring record has also significantly improved since then. He scored 44 goals and contributed to the home side winning three championships, including the Champions League, during the 2021/22 season.

Benzema has won several championships over his more than ten years of service to the Spanish national team, including four La Liga and five Champions League. 

Cristiano Ronaldo (450 goals)


At the top of this list is none other than Cristiano Ronaldo. In the Real Madrid shirt, CR7 has become a scary ‘goal machine’. Even his number of goals (450) is more than the number of games he has played for Los Blancos (438), achieving a terrible performance: 1.03 goals / game.

During the period on the Real Madrid payroll from 2009 to 2018, Ronaldo only won 2 La Liga, but he owned 4 Champions Leagues. In addition, the Portuguese superstar also brought home 5 Golden Balls.

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