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Karim Benzema reveals how Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid helped him

Karim Benzema has been discussing how his game has changed since Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid.

When Ronaldo and Benzema played together at Real Madrid, it was clear the Portuguese was the star and the main focal point of the team.

However, following Ronaldo leaving Real for Juventus, Benzema took up the mantle as Madrid’s MVP and has now firmly cemented himself as one of the best players in the world.

Just last season he scored 44 and assisted 15 in 46 outings for Madrid, with his goals in the Champions League knockout rounds almost single-handedly guiding Los Blancos to the final.

Now, speaking ahead of the UEFA Super Cup match on Wednesday, Benzema had this to say about Ronaldo leaving Madrid:

“It’s true that I’ve scored more goals since he left, but when he was here I was assisting and he helped me a lot on and off the pitch,” he said at a press conference ahead of the UEFA Super Cup. “But, I knew I could do more. When he left, it was time to change my play and ambition and so far it’s going well.”

On being the best player in the world, Benzema added:

“I’m not thinking about Marcelo’s record, but I’m going to try to win as many trophies as possible. I’ve always said that the collective trophies are more important than the individual ones.”

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