Karim Benzema has been the only Real Madrid player who has stepped up to attempt to fill in Cristiano Ronaldo’s boots after the Portuguese’s departure to Juventus.
The 34-year-old left Los Blancos after having scored 451 goals in 438 matches; an average of 1,029 goals per game, which is the best rate of a player in the history of the club.
Although Gareth Bale was expected to become Ronaldo’s heir, the Welshman failed to convince with his performances last season.
Benzema, meanwhile, has scored 14 goals in the last 14 LaLiga Santander games – averaging one goal per game after March 10 – and he remains Zinedine Zidane’s first-choice striker.
The Frenchman ended the season with 30 in all competitions, which was his second best contribution after the 32 he scored in 2011/12 under Jose Mourinho.
This season, he has hit the ground running in LaLiga Santander, as he has already sent the ball into the back of the net four times in as many games.
His goal ratio at Los Blancos is 0.48 goals per game, which is corresponding to his 0.45 average at Lyon.
After ten years at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Benzema is the only player of the famous ‘BBC’ who is still providing Madrid with quality contribution.
Ronaldo departed to Turin last summer, while Zidane is still uncertain about Bale despite his impressive start to the season.
The French tactician made clear that his attack will be built around Benzema, with Eden Hazard arriving from Chelsea to complement him up front.
Luka Jovic also joined Real Madrid to offer extra alternatives in attack, but he doesn’t pose a threat to the 31-year-old striker at the moment.
Zidane is willing to use both players up top, but he doesn’t seem eager to place the Serbian as the lone striker in a 4-4-3 formation.
Benzema has his compatriot’s full confidence which he repays every game, doubling his scoring average and producing solid performances.