The Frenchman opened up about his function alongside the Actual Madrid legend throughout their time collectively within the Spanish capital
Karim Benzema insists he by no means performed second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo throughout their wonderful days collectively at Actual Madrid.
Of their 9 years alongside one another, Benzema prioritized creating possibilities for Ronaldo. He usually dropped deep to attract defenders to him and opened up house for his teammate. Maybe his aim tally suffered, however the membership benefited tremendously in consequence.
Since Ronaldo’s exit in 2018, Benzema has been Actual Madrid’s go-to man for the objectives. His stats are glorious. This season alone, he has racked up 23 objectives and 9 assists in 26 video games throughout all competitions.
Karim Benzema on the gamers he preferred to play with probably the most:
“It was Cristiano Ronaldo, Juninho, Fred, Ozil and Zidane in coaching.” pic.twitter.com/8rQAOUk7oL
— CristianoXtra (@CristianoXtra_) January 15, 2022
‘Ronaldo didn’t cease me from being the perfect model of myself’
But, in an interview with France Soccer, Benzema insisted his recreation was by no means comprised to swimsuit Ronaldo when discussing the function he had alongside the Portuguese icon.
“It [the role] wasn’t a deputy, it wasn’t that,” stated the 34-year-old.
“I didn’t say to myself: ‘Ah, I’ve to provide him the ball on a regular basis’. I used to be taking part in properly however he was scoring twice [each game]. It’s the reality, you possibly can’t do something about it.
“Since he left for Juve, I took over in my very own method and it’s going properly. I don’t play like Cristiano Ronaldo, and he doesn’t play like Karim Benzema.
“He didn’t cease me from being the perfect model of myself. We gained loads of video games, I had loads of enjoyable. To assume like that’s to be too particular person.
“I gained all of it with him. The Champions League, many championships, we scored I don’t know what number of objectives, we have been a part of the magic trio with [Gareth] Bale, there have been loads of superb moments and I don’t see any unhealthy ones.”
What did CR7 & Benzema obtain at Actual Madrid?
The pair performed alongside one another 342 instances on the Spanish capital, successful 240 video games (D57 L45). They gained 15 trophies, together with 4 Champions League titles and two La Liga crowns.
As for the stats, Ronaldo scored a club-record 450 objectives in solely 438 video games for Actual Madrid. He additionally chipped in 132 assists earlier than his departure in 2018. Benzema, compared, has provided 302 objectives and 153 assists in 585 appearances.
Mixed, the pair have made 1,037 aim contributions in 1,023 matches for the Spanish giants since 2009.