Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed Karim Benzema as the proper centre-ahead in French historic previous after his match-successful double in direction of Athletic Bilbao put them joint excessive of La Liga on Tuesday. Bilbao’s Ander Capa had cancelled out Toni Kroos’s thumping strike sooner than Benzema, 32, struck twice late on, heading dwelling a cross with 16 minutes remaining and ending clinically in stoppage time from Luka Modric’s cross. Afterwards Zidane had no hesitation in declaring Benzema as France’s best ever centre-ahead, inserting him on the excessive of an inventory that options Thierry Henry, Kylian Mbappe, Jean-Pierre Papin and Just Fontaine.
“For me, he’s the best — it’s very clear,” talked about Zidane, the French midfield legend who obtained the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Les Bleus.
“He’s proved it — he’s played at Real Madrid for a very long time, he has more than 500 appearances, all his goals… his record, all he’s accomplished here speaks for itself,” Zidane added.
Benzema arrived at Real Madrid from Lyon in 2009, nonetheless was prolonged overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo until the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner’s switch to Juventus in 2018.
On Saturday, Benzema’s 529th match for Real, he broke Roberto Carlos’s doc for most likely probably the most appearances by a non-Spanish participant. Benzema might be their excessive scorer this season.
“He’s a more mature player these days,” talked about Zidane. “But he’s at all times proven that he’s not a pure 9, he doesn’t solely take into consideration scoring.
“That’s why I like him a lot, I like him, he is not solely occupied with objectives. He will get concerned within the recreation, if he must cross to a teammate he’ll do it.”
Third-placed Madrid gained their fourth straight win in all competitions and are equal on 26 components with Real Sociedad, who face troubled Barcelona on the Camp Nou on Wednesday, and metropolis rivals Atletico Madrid.
Barca are 9 components once more nonetheless play thought of one among their two video video games in hand inside the hope of giving some momentum to what has been a miserable season up to now.
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