Karim Benzema once again demonstrated on Thursday night why he is establishing himself as a Real Madrid legend and one of best goalscorers in the club’s history.
His opening goal in Los Blancos’ 6-0 victory over Levante was a historic moment in his club’s history.
His goal against Levante was his 323rd in Real Madrid colours, which saw him equal Raul Gonzalez’s record as the second-highest scorer in the club’s history.
He is now only behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 451 goals during his time at Real Madrid.
Benzema is Real Madrid’s third-highest scorer in LaLiga Santander history, with his 219 strikes behind the 228 of Raul and the 312 of Ronaldo.
The 34-year-old is getting better with age. He has now scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, surpassing his best previous total of 32 goals in the 2011/12 and 2020/21 seasons.
He has scored 425 career goals (323 for Real Madrid, 66 for Lyon and 36 for France), which makes him the highest French goalscorer in history, surpassing Thierry Henry’s total of 411.
Benzema is on his way to 400 goals
It took Benzema five years and five months from his debut in 2009 to score his 100th Real Madrid goal, which came against Real Betis in January 2014.
He doubled that total on November 7, 2018 against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.
It took him three years and two months to reach 300 goals with his brace against Valencia on January 8, 2021, and he is now eyeing his next century.
Historic appearance record
Aside from his extraordinary goalscoring feats, he reached 603 appearances for Real Madrid against Levante.
He surpassed Fernando Hierro’s total of 601 appearances against Manchester City and is now sixth on the list of all-time appearances for Real Madrid.
The Frenchman is behind Santillana (645), Sergio Ramos (671), Manolo Sanchis (710), Iker Casillas (725) and Raul (741).
He has made 414 LaLiga Santander appearances, 122 in the Champions League, 44 in the Copa del Rey, 11 in the Supercopa de Espana, eight in the Club World Cup and 4 in the Super Cup.
The incident created an internal crisis which Benzema sought to bring to an end the following day in a face-to-face conversation with a devastated Vinicius, who was 19 at the time. That episode could have buried Vinicius, but it made him and his relationship with Benzema stronger.
Now, 561 days later, Benzema and Vinicius have formed the best partnership of this season, without doubt. They make up a forward line that has been impossible to stop in Spain and in Europe.
The French maestro has his sights set on the Ballon D’Or with his 44 goals and 15 assists in 44 matches, whilst his Brazilian disciple has become his best ally with 21 goals and 20 assists.
On Thursday, Benzema equalled Raul Gonzalez as the second-highest scorer in Real Madrid’s history with 323 goals, whilst Vinicius scored his first hat-trick for Los Blancos and the Movistar cameras showed his delight.
It is no easy task to say for certain which of the two has developed more since that hidden camera revealed the lack of harmony between them.