Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has been on fireplace within the 2021-22 Champions League, firing in 12 objectives, together with 4 within the dramatic two-legged quarter-final victory over Chelsea. But how does Benzema’s general Champions League file examine to Lionel Messi’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s?
Benzema is, on his present kind, fairly in all probability the perfect participant in world soccer. In La Liga this season, he has registered 24 objectives and 11 assists and he’s proven comparable ranges of efficiency in opposition to even harder opposition within the Champions League.
The France worldwide received a really wholesome 5 objectives and one help in 5 group stage video games earlier than Christmas. But within the knockout rounds, he’s effectively and actually come alive.
In the round-of-16 second leg in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain on the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid had been determined for a hero having misplaced the earlier recreation in Paris 1-0. Benzema got here good, banging in a hat-trick to ship Madrid by way of.
Benzema adopted that up with one other hat-trick at Stamford Bridge, making him solely the fourth man to attain back-to-back Champions League hat-tricks.
In the second leg, he produced as soon as extra, once more with Madrid on the ropes. Chelsea had opened up a 3-0 lead on the night time and seemed set to progress to the semi-finals however a Rodrygo objective took the tie to additional time and Benzema capitalised, scoring the header that gained the tie within the 96th minute.
When requested concerning the 34-year-old striker after the Chelsea recreation at Stamford Bridge, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti stated: “He’s higher every single day, like wine.
“Every day he shows more leadership, he feels more important for this team and this squad. That’s what makes the difference in him. He has a lot more personality.”
Benzema’s kind is in distinction to that of his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and former opponent Lionel Messi, who’ve each struggled this 12 months, at Manchester United and PSG respectively.
But Ronaldo’s and Messi’s present points take nothing away from what they produced in Europe’s high competitors for thus a few years. It’s no fluke that the pair sit first and second on the all-time Champions League high scorers record with 140 objectives for Ronaldo and 125 for Messi.
The query is, how does Benzema’s general file within the competitors – from his early days at Lyon and his years in Madrid – examine to the Champions League information of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, Madrid and Juventus, and of Lionel Messi at Barcelona and PSG.
Sub appearances: 19
Penalties scored: 1
Minutes per objective: 122
Minutes per non-penalty objective: 123
Minutes per objective or help: 91
Trophies: 4 (2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18)
Sub appearances: 5
Penalties scored: 19
Minutes per objective: 114
Minutes per non-penalty objective: 132
Minutes per objective or help: 85
Trophies: 5 (2007-08, 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18)
Sub appearances: 13
Penalties scored: 18
Minutes per objective: 103
Minutes per non-penalty objective: 120
Minutes per objective or help: 78
Trophies: 4 (2005-06, 2009-09, 2010-11, 2014-15)