Karim Benzema becomes France’s all-time top scorer after breaking Thierry Henry’s record
Thierry Henry’s long-standing French record has been broken by Karim Benzema, who is now France’s all-time top scorer after netting a brace for Real Madrid on Monday.
Karim Benzema’s season just keeps getting better as the Real Madrid legend has now become France’s all-time leading goalscorer, surpassing Thierry Henry’s record.
The Frenchman scored twice late in the game to add to Vinicius Junior’s second-half strike and hand Madrid a 3-0 win over Real Mallorca in La Liga on Monday.
Henry’s long-standing record of 411 goals has now been surpassed by Benzema, who now has 413 after his brace against Mallorca, taking Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga to 10 points.
And at the rate Benzema is going, he could add a lot more to his record tally.
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Benzema may be 34, but the Frenchman has aged pretty well like fine wine, producing his best attacking return for Madrid in each of his 13 seasons, and that wasn’t until March.
The Madrid hitman is spearheading his success this season after netting a hat-trick last week to knock Paris Saint Germain out of the Champions League, single-handedly overturning a two-goal deficit.
Benzema has now scored 22 goals and assisted 11 times this season, surpassing his best total attacking return of 32 in a Madrid shirt, and there are still ten games left to play in La Liga.
They are also expected to present a serious Champions League bid as their display against PSG was a statement to the rest of the competition that they are still a threat in Europe.
Benzema’s record is even more impressive as he was out of the France squad for five and a half years due to off-field involvements, and the Madrid star missed two major tournaments, as well as several qualifying matches.
Therefore, it is even more impressive that he managed to surpass Henry’s record of 411 at the age of 34, and it begs the question of how much he would have scored if he hadn’t been kicked out. of the French team.
Benzema moved to Madrid in 2009 after leaving Lyon for £30m, and he’s been in the Spanish capital ever since, winning three La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.
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It looks like Benzema is on the verge of securing a fourth La Liga title this season, and if Madrid cause an upset in the Champions League this year, the Frenchman will join Cristiano Ronaldo as the only player to have won the tournament five times.
Only Francisco Gento has won more European cups, but since being reformed in the Champions League, only Ronaldo is on top with five accolades, but his former Madrid team-mate could step onto the podium with him.
Benzema also added international silverware to his impressive trophy cabinet by helping France win the Nations League, and they could have used it in 2016 when they lost the European Championship final to Portugal. .
The Frenchman is proof that age is just a number, and Benzema looks more accomplished than ever at the Santiago Bernabeu.