Karim Benzema – The Indispensable Man

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Karim Benzema, the French footballer and striker of Real Madrid, is on his peak form as a no.9. Currently, the Real Madrid board plans to extend his contract until 2023 to show that he will remain an integral part of the club’s project. A well-deserved contract for the club’s key man. According to Fabrizio Romano, the club is planning to have him around when Kylian Mbappe arrives. With Benzema and Mbappe on one team, the fans should not hesitate on Real Madrid betting.

Benzema is always a consistent performer for the Los Blancos. He doesn’t bother how the critics value him. He was always committed to the club, even when they didn’t give him the respect he deserved. He was just like a loyal fan who always stood with the club during their ups and downs. Indeed, he was always preferred as the second option when Ronaldo was in the club. But he didn’t bother about it. He was not a self-centred person who always wanted to be in the limelight.

After Ronaldo’s departure, his prominence in the team increased. The club started to trust him more and started to depend more on him in difficult situations. He has continuously scored more than 20 goals in the Spanish league in the last three seasons and was also vital in assisting his teammates. Even if these are good stats, there were criticisms that the team was over-dependent on his goals.

In this season, Benzema has the best start in Europe’s top 5 leagues. The only player who has some great performances as him is Muhamed Salah. But when we look at both the goals and assists, the Frenchman is leading with a comfortable gap. He has scored nine goals in LaLiga and has seven assists from eight matches. A total of 16 goal involvements. Also has one goal in the Champions League.

When we look at the stats, we can see that Real Madrid depends on him more than ever. His vital goals saved the team from dropping more points. Ancelloti still can’t find a way to fix the leaky defence. It’s one of the reasons why they rely on him too much. He helped the team with the 88th-minute goal in the comeback against Valencia. He scored the only goal when Espanyol defeated them and the shocking defeat against Sheriff in the Champions League.

At the age of 33, Benzema is just becoming better and better. When the France Football Team called him back, it helped him to reignite his international career. Indeed, Karim Benzema was not recognized as much as he deserved. His whole career was underrated. Let’s hope that he will get the applause that he deserves.