The ‘9’ blanco ‘9’ has 15 goals in the current edition, two goals less than the 17 goals scored by the Portuguese in the year of the ‘Tenth’.
PARIS, May 27 (Benin News) –
The ambition of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, this Saturday (9:00 p.m.) in the final of the 2021-2022 Champions League, is to beat, or at least equal, the record for goals in a single edition of the continental competition, currently held by Cristiano Ronaldo with 17 goals in the 2013-2014 season.
The Frenchman has been Los Blancos’ best player this season and one of the qualities he has improved is his goalscoring skills, with great examples in the Champions League. The “9” could equal the mark of the Portuguese star if he scores twice against Liverpool in Paris, while a hat-trick would allow his name alone to carry this record.
And of those 15 goals, 10 were scored in the play-offs against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City. Key in every game, his hat-trick against Les Parisiens in just 17 minutes and against the then-reigning champions at Stamford Bridge were crucial in putting the quarter-finals on track. But it seems that’s not enough and he scores again at the Bernabéu against the Londoners to certify Los Blancos’ presence in the semi-finals.
He also scored in the first leg and second leg against City, with a fine finish from a Mendy cross and the ‘panenka’ penalty which silenced the Etihad, and he was decisive again by converting the penalty which made it 3-1 to take Los Blancos to another Champions League final four years later.
In addition to having Cristiano Ronaldo’s 17 goals in sight, the French “9” would have another record in sight, since with his 10 goals in the crossings of this Champions League, he is also tied with the Portuguese, who reached this mark in 2016-2017, and if he manages to score just one more goal in Paris, he would be the first player to score more than a dozen goals in the crossings of the competition.
Besides, Benzema can boast of being the top scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi in the Champions League. The Frenchman has 86 goals in the competition, while the Portuguese tops the all-time goalscoring charts with 140 goals and the Argentine is second on the podium with 125.