Striker Karim Benzema has become the second-highest scorer in Real Madrid's history, surpassing Raul Gonzalez and only behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
In Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2022 European Super Cup, Benzema scored in the second half. Earlier, in the 38th minute, David Alaba started the scoring.
Benzema now has 324 goals for Real Madrid, breaking Raul’s previous record of 323 goals. With 450 shots, he now has more goals in the White Vulture jersey than anybody else outside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Benzema has won 5 Champions League crowns, 4 La Liga championships, and 324 goals to further solidify his position in Real Madrid history.
A total of 606 games for Real Madrid later, Benzema scored his 324th goal. The maximum number of international players allowed to play for a side with white shirts is six. He can surpass Santillana (645), who now holds the fifth-place spot in the all-time rankings, this season.
After the striker scored 15 goals in 12 games last season, he was a major factor in Real Madrid’s Champions League victory. Benzema has 46 appearances in 46 different competitions, making 44 goals and adding 15 assists. That number shows that the former Lyon star does not let the age of 34 affect the performance.
Season 2021/22, Benzema is among the players rarely rotated by coach Ancelotti. It means that as long as it is healthy, the French striker will default to the main kick. Next season, this will probably happen again.
Next season, Benzema will be under more pressure when La Liga welcomes Robert Lewandowski, a world-class goalscorer throughout the years. The great battles of El Clasico will be more and more intense. The rivalry with Lewandowski will give Benzema more motivation, who has been full of titles since joining Real in 2009.
“Los Blancos” still has the duo Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo to support Benzema. While Eden Hazard is also determined to show himself in his third year at Real. The Belgian can be trusted in a new role to ease the scoring pressure on Benzema.
With the European Super Cup added to the record of winning the La Liga and Champions League double last season, Benzema is full of opportunities to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or race.
Benzema may never surpass Ronaldo to become the top scorer in Real history. But his value to Los Blancos is enormous.