This Wednesday, the legendary Real Madrid club will return to the legendary Champions League, with its legendary striker Karim Benzema.
The French knows he is expected on the lawn of Inter Milan (9 p.m.) to launch the European Merengue campaign.
Since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018, he assumes his status as leader, and even captain from this season.
The child of Lyon walks on the water at the start of the 2021-22 fiscal year with 5 goals and 4 assists in 5 matches.
If he continues to panic the meters, Benzema will join very, very closed clubs.
Champions League fixtures and results
1 - The podium in the Champions League
Behind the aliens Cristiano Ronaldo (135) and Lionel Messi (120), the race for the 3rd place of top scorer in the Champions League is open.
Robert Lewandowski (73) is ahead of Karim Benzema (71), tied with former Real Madrid glory Raul.
The Bayern Munich player, 33 years old like Benzema, is therefore neck and neck with the Frenchman.
He is no less in shape than him with his 8 goals in 5 matches this season.
This is one of the distance duels that will have to be followed in C1.
2 - The top 8 in La Liga
With a hat-trick against Celta Vigo on September 12 (5-2), Karim Benzema has entered the top 10 top scorers in La Liga history.
Here it is, culminating in 197 achievements.
If he continues his momentum, he can go for Pahiño (210) and Quini (219) this season.
Barring a surprise transfer or a big drop in form, he will open the doors of the top 4 next season by overtaking César Rodriguez (223), Alfredo Di Stéfano (227), Raul (228) and Hugo Sanchez (234).
It will be difficult to get the podium and Telmo Zarra (251).
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The legend of Karim Benzema with Real Madrid
3 - The Real Madrid podium
In the coming weeks, Karim Benzema (284) will be the 4th highest scorer in Real Madrid history.
Carlos Santillana (290) is only six goals away.
To dethrone Alfredo Di Stéfano (307) from the podium this season is a credible hypothesis.
If he does an extra season, the former Lyonnais could go find Raul (323), far behind Cristiano Ronaldo (450).
4 - Best French scorer in history
This is a record within his reach, where he will not be annoyed by Ronaldo or Messi.
Between Lyon, Real Madrid and the France team, Karim Benzema has scored 381 goals in his professional career.
Only one French player does better: Thierry Henry and his 411 pawns.
Knowing that Benzema can play between 52 and 65 more matches this season (club and selection combined according to Real's career in C1 and in the Cup), the record could well fall in the coming months.
One more argument in his favor in the debate on the best French striker in history.
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Benzema's superb volley against Osasuna in March 2012 (1-5)
5 - First Pichichi for KB9?
Pichichi's change is now. Apart from Luis Suarez in 2016, Ronaldo (3) and Messi (8) have monopolized the title of top scorer in La Liga since the arrival of Karim Benzema at Real in 2009. The two megastars have left, not Suarez and his 21 goals in the league at Atlético last season. But the Uruguayan (34) had done worse than Benzema and his 23 goals. The Frenchman has a golden opportunity to snatch this award which is missing from his record. As long as they are also ahead of Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla) and Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad), respectively authors of 23, 18 and 17 goals in 2020-21.