Benzema bidding to break Ronaldo’s Champions League record as Real Madrid striker seeks to join legends with five medals
Karim Benzema admits that records are “there to be broken” as a Real Madrid star of the present seeks to snatch one away from a Blancos icon of the past on a Champions League stage.
A Portuguese legend re-wrote the history books on a regular basis during his time at Santiago Bernabeu, but a France international striker has one of those entries in his sights.
Benzema has been a revelation for Real this season, netting 44 goals across all competitions, and knows that another European hat-trick in a final date with Liverpool on May 28 will see him better Ronaldo’s previous best return from a single continental campaign.
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The 34-year-old frontman, who appears to be getting better with age, has already collected match balls in meetings with Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in 2021-22.
He has 15 Champions League strikes to his name, leaving him two short of Ronaldo’s remarkable tally from 2013-14.
On potentially topping a former team-mate, Benzema has told UEFA’s official website: “Records will always exist, and they are there to be broken.
“For me, what matters the most is to give it my all on the pitch to help my team win; if I can score or assist goals, that’s important, but the most important thing is to step on the pitch and win the game.
“My favourite goal this season? They’re all good and important. The most beautiful is maybe the third goal against PSG or the penalty against Manchester City, but the header against Chelsea was good too because it was beautiful play.”
Karim Benzema is the first Real Madrid player to score 40 goals in a season since Cristiano Ronaldo 👏 pic.twitter.com/mQhAmLo1hn
— GOAL (@goal) April 27, 2022
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While seeking to emulate Ronaldo on the Champions League goals front, Benzema also has an opportunity to match the European medal collection of a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
The Frenchman has conquered the continent on four previous occasions, with an outing against Liverpool presenting him with an opportunity to draw…