Advertiser DisclosureWe want to bring you the best content and the best offers. Just so you know, we may collect compensation from the links on this page, and some of our reviewers are compensated for contributing content to this website.

‘Not just goals,’ Real Madrid boss slams Cristiano Ronaldo when comparing Portuguese with Karim Benzema

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Karim Benzema (C) of Real Madrid celebrates his goal with Royston Drenthe (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo (R) during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Tenerife at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 26, 2009 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Elisa Estrada/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

Brilliant Benzema

Considering the significant loss of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, the side have coped well with the Portuguese’s absence. The Spanish capital side have recovered in the league and recently reclaimed the La Liga title.

Much of this has been down to the fantastic form of French striker Karim Benzema. During Ronaldo’s time at the Bernabeu, Benzema became more of a creative player and an enabler of the talismanic figure.

Under many managers, such as Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane, despite the Frenchman playing in the central striking role, he was often used to feed Cristiano Ronaldo and led to the former Manchester United man scoring a prolific amount of goals.

However, since Ronaldo left, Benzema has had to take on the role of being the side’s key scoring figure. Benzema joined Real Madrid from Lyon, the Spanish side identified Benzema as a prolific scorer of goals himself and not specifically for his creative qualities.

It should therefore be no surprise to see the amount of goals which Benzema is now racking up being the more central figure at the club. He finished second only to Lionel Messi in the scoring charts last season.

No other wide players have been able to replicate the goal-scoring form of Ronaldo and have instead been used to help Benzema with creative crosses, through balls and incisive passes. The likes of Marco Asensio, Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior and Lucas Vazquez have been used in a number of combinations by Zidane to get the best out of his French forward.

‘Not just goals’

Zidane has now gone one step further in support of Benzema. In a recent interview, the former Real Madrid midfielder was asked about a comparison between both Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. The coach replied that the French forward was much more than just goals.

“Karim is decisive because what he does he is doing in a phenomenal way,” said Zidane. “But not only in terms of goals scored. I repeat what I always say about Karim, it’s not just goals. He also plays a lot and allows us to express ourselves with quality.”

“He is a very important player. When he scores even better. He is a very important player for our team.”

‘Not just goals,’ Real Madrid boss slams Cristiano Ronaldo when comparing Portuguese with Karim Benzema

27 October 2020, North Rhine-Westphalia, Mönchengladbach: Football: Champions League, Group stage, Group B, 2nd matchday, Borussia Mönchengladbach – Real Madrid at the stadium in Borussia-Park. Karim Benzema (r) of Madrid cheers after his goal for the 2:1. Photo: Marius Becker/dpa (Photo by Marius Becker/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Benzema has 11 goals and recorded five assists so far in both La Liga and the Champions League. He scored in the final group game against Borussia Monchengladbach, helping his side to victory and claiming top spot in the group.

Now 33 years of age, Benzema is coming to the end of his time at the top. Real Madrid coped very well, as mentioned, with the departure of Ronaldo, they may find moving on from Benzema much harder.

Real Madrid tipped to pursue both Haaland and Mbappe in the summer window

Karim Benzema allegedly filmed telling Ferland Mendy not to pass to Vinicius at half-time of Real Madrid vs Gladbach


This article was edited by Josh Barker.

Manchester United betting odds, next game:

Manchester United's latest videos

Manager's Press Conference | Manchester City v Manchester United | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer I EPL
Manager's Press Conference | Manchester City v Manchester United | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer I EPL
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives an update ahead of the Manchester Derby, as the Red…
2021-03-05T15:30:04Z
Player Of The Month | Luke Shaw | Manchester United
Player Of The Month | Luke Shaw | Manchester United
As Luke Shaw was named your player of the month for February we take…
2021-03-05T11:00:13Z
Premier League table
# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 27 39 65
2 Manchester United FC 27 21 51
3 Leicester City FC 27 15 50
4 Chelsea FC 27 17 47
5 Everton FC 26 6 46
6 West Ham United FC 26 9 45
7 Liverpool FC 27 12 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur FC 26 15 42
9 Aston Villa FC 25 11 39
10 Arsenal FC 27 7 38
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 27 -9 34
13 Crystal Palace FC 27 -14 34
14 Southampton FC 26 -13 30
15 Burnley FC 28 -16 30
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 26 -7 26
17 Newcastle United FC 26 -17 26
18 Fulham FC 27 -12 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 27 -36 17
20 Sheffield United FC 27 -27 14
Premier League 20/21
Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 7