Real Madrid striker and Ballon D’or favourite Karim Benzema has picked off where he left off last season, netting in the Super Cup clash between Los Blancos and Eintracht Frankfurt.
The two sides met in Helsinki, and Real Madrid became the first side in history to name an unchanged XI across both the Champions League final and Super Cup with both new signings Antonio Rudiger and Aurelian Tchouameni having to make do with places on the bench.
And, after David Alaba gave his side the lead in the first half, it was Benzema’s turn to shine.
The Frenchman was picked out in the Frankfurt penalty area following a strong run from Vinicius Jr, and made no mistake guiding a first time finish past Kevin Trapp, who will feel as though he should have done more to keep it out.
In finding the back of the net, Benzema moved up in the all time Real Madrid goalscoring charts. The Frenchman overtook Los Blancos legend Raul, who had netted 323 times for the current Spanish Champions, with his 324th strike in the famous white shirt.
CR7 in his sights
Now, one man stands between Benzema and the record for the most goals in a Real Madrid shirt: a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star stands well clear of the competition on 450 goals, 126 more than Benzema has managed to date.
Currently 34 years old and 35 before the calendar year is out, at his current rate of scoring (he netted 44 times last season), the Frenchman would have to spearhead the Real Madrid attack for a further three seasons.
Though he shows little sign of slowing down, being able to reach the impressive milestone set by his former teammate seems unlikely all things considered.