Karim Benzema shared a feat of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday night. Ronaldo is the only team in Real Madrid’s history to be trailing 2-0, with a hat-trick winning record. Benzema is now on the side of his former teammate after scoring a hat-trick in the 3-1 loss to PSG. That same night, Benzema surpassed another Real legend. Benzema now has more goals in Real’s jersey than Alfredo Di Stefano.
Both are quite big achievements. So it took a while for Benzema to realize that he had surpassed Ronaldo with a crazy third goal that day. After leaving Real Madrid, Ronaldo has scored more goals in club football than Benzema.
Ronaldo decided to leave Real Madrid in 2016 to surprise everyone. Real’s all-time leading goalscorer set out to find a new challenge at Juventus, averaging a club record. Coach Zinedine Zidane left within a week of the end of the 2016-17 season. Within a month of Ronaldo’s departure, Real fell into the deep sea. At the time, Benzema had taken on the task of qualifying the club for the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo also understood the responsibility of scoring a goal for Juventus while looking for a new challenge. He has been the club’s top scorer for two consecutive seasons, winning the league title. Juventus lost Serie A in the third season, despite retaining the crown of top scorer. He returned to Manchester United this season after spending three years in Italy. Ronaldo is the club’s top scorer there until the half-season. However, the speed of scoring goals is not exactly Ronaldo’s.
This time Ronaldo was on the field in 23 matches in the Premier League. Only 9 goals were scored by CR Seven. And he has scored 6 goals in 6 matches in the Champions League. 15 goals in 31 matches in all competitions. Meanwhile, in La Liga, Benzema has scored 20 goals in 24 matches this season. 6 goals in 6 matches in Champions League. So far, Benzema has scored 30 goals in 33 matches in three competitions. Benzema has left Ronaldo behind in such a form this season.
There was an outcry at Real Madrid as Ronaldo left. Who will fill the gap of one person who has scored at least 40 goals every season? After nearly three-and-a-half years, it appears that Ronaldo’s lack has been filled by Benzema, who has spent nine years behind him. From the 2018–19 season until yesterday, Benzema has scored 116 goals in Real’s jersey. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has scored 116 goals for Juventus and Manchester United.
There is, of course, a ‘but’. Benzema has scored more goals and played more matches. Benzema scored 116 goals in 160 matches. 0.75 goals per match. He scored 1 goal every 128 minutes. Ronaldo, meanwhile, has scored 117 goals in 164 matches. 0.70 goals per match. He scored 1 goal every 121 minutes. This information says that even though the number of goals is ahead, Ronaldo is still ahead as a hunter.
Of course, there is no question. As Ronaldo showed during his time at Real Madrid, he has an equal interest not only in scoring goals, but also in getting things done and creating games. Ronaldo – In the northern era, all the responsibility of scoring goals for the team is on his shoulders. Vinicius Jr. is the second highest goal scorer after Benzema in the last three and a half years. And the Brazilian winger’s goal is almost one-fourth of Benzema’s (31 goals)!
As a result, Benzema has to score more goals for himself than with his teammates. In between, he has helped with 43 goals from the 2018–19 season. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has scored only 25 goals with his teammates.
After leaving Real Madrid, Ronaldo has fallen behind in another matter. And that is the Champions League. Ronaldo is the king of the best tournaments in Europe. He is the top scorer of this tournament. But after leaving Real, he has not yet played in the semi-finals of this tournament. He has scored 29 goals in 29 matches for the two clubs so far. 0.89 goals per match. He scored 1 goal every 128 minutes.
From this side also Benzema has surpassed Ronaldo. Benzema has scored 23 goals in 33 matches in the Champions League. 0.60 goals per match. He scored one goal every 118 minutes.