Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane believes Karim Benzema deserves to be ranked among great men who have made an impact at the cub like Cristiano Ronaldo.
Benzema grabbed a brace in Real Madrid’s 6-0 thrashing of Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
The French striker has now scored 50 UCL goal at the club. He became the fourth player in UCL history to score 50 goals in the competition for a single club, with the others being Lionel Messi (113), Ronaldo (105) and Raul (66).
After Wednesday’s victory, which put Real on the brink of qualifying for the knockout rounds, Zidane was full of praise for the striker, per Marca.
“His numbers speak for themselves. Those that like football know he’s a quality player. He’s important for the team, for attacking… he does it very well. The only thing that’s changed since Cristiano Ronaldo [left for Juventus] is that Karim is more mature. He’s a father and well… many things have happened lately which are reflected on the pitch.
“I’m very happy for Karim. It’s true that he’s overtaken a legend of this club like Alfredo di Stefano. He’s now like Cristiano Ronaldo in the history of this club. He’s doing something amazing and we simply have to enjoy it and make the most of it.”
Benzema’s goals against Galatasaray were his first this season in the Champions League. In La Liga, he has been typically prolific, netting seven goals in 10 appearances and also providing three assists.