Benzema, a golden station

Return to the international tricolor season, Real Madrid’s strong link in the conquest of the Spanish title.

Author of 26 goals and 11 assists in 30 league games, French center-forward Karim Benzema has had the best season of his career to bring Real Madrid to their 35th national crown on Saturday, and is getting closer to the Gold ball. . These are the five highlights of Karim Benzema’s 2021-2022 season in the League.

1. Double opening

Matchday 1, August 14, 2021: Alavés 1 – 4 Real Madrid
Karim Benzema was not expected: from the first day of the championship, the striker acrobatically concluded with his right a heel that Eden Hazard signed in the return of the locker rooms (48th) to put his team in front of the scoreboard. He doubled the lead a quarter of an hour later fortunately, while the goalkeeper was trapped inside his cage, and Real Madrid would win 4-1 on the first goal. “Compared to the Karim I met five years ago, he is a much more complete player, with a lot more personality as well,” said Carlo Ancelotti, back on the bench after a first experience (2013-2015).

2. Hat-trick against Celta

Matchday 4, September 12, 2021: Real Madrid 5 – 2 Celta Vigo
While Celta opened the scoring quickly through Santi Mina (4th), Benzema came out in the 24th minute to catapult Fede Valverde’s delivery into the cage with the help of the crossbar, and equalized. Franco Cervi put the Galicians ahead again in the half hour, but when he returned from the locker room, Benzema shone again to put his side afloat with a beautiful lob shot. Then “KB9” threw Vinicius in depth for 3-2 (54th), and ended his recital with a third penalty goal (87th). Real will win 5-2.

3. Sublime recovery against Atlético

Matchday 17, December 12, 2021: Real Madrid – Atletico Madrid 2 – 0
A quarter of an hour into the game Present at the start of Marco Asensio’s throw action, Karim Benzema was sent off to the surface. He stops, pivots, and, with a sublime volley from the right, pushes Vinicius’ cross into the cages of Jan Oblak. An imitation mirror of the legendary goal of Zinedine Zidane in the Champions League final in 2002. Affected by pain, Benzema was replaced at the break by Luka Jovic. La Real, launched by their favorite center forward, won the derby 2-0 on their turf, and was already flying over the League.

4. Jewel of the law in Bilbao

Matchday 21, December 22, 2021: Athletic Bilbao 1 – 2 Real Madrid
No observation round: at the legendary San Mamés stadium, from minute 4, Karim Benzema scores his best goal of the season. A well placed corner kick from Toni Kroos was followed by Toni Kroos’s hard but accurate header. Three minutes later, the Frenchman struck again: he inherited a ball blocked by the Bilbao defense and sealed a double in the seven minutes of the game, but the action was hurt. The match will still end, replaced at the last minute by Jovic.

5. Double for history in Mallorca

Matchday 28, March 14, 2022: Mallorca 0 – 3 Real Madrid
In Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands, Karim Benzema will write history. After a first period in which the French stumbled on the opposing goalkeeper, in the 55th minute Vinicius served for the first goal. In the 77th minute, Benzema converted a penalty by the Brazilian, and in the 82nd minute, the former Lyon man won in the air to seal the 3-0. With this double, Benzema beat Thierry Henry and his 411 combined club and national team goals to become the top French goal scorer in history. Five days earlier, with a hat-trick against PSG in the round of 16 of the Champions League, he had advanced to legend Alfredo di Stéfano to join the podium of the top scorers in the history of the “White House”. Scorer against Espanyol Barcelona on Saturday, he is now just two goals away from evicting another icon, Raúl (323).

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