Karim Benzema first Frenchman to hit 150 La Liga goals

Real Madrid was held by Real Valladolid on Saturday, but Karim Benzema had a moment to savour with a landmark goal.

Real Madrid celebrates Karim Benzema's goal.   -  Getty Images

Karim Benzema is the first French player to score 150 goals in La Liga.

Real Madrid was held to a 1-1 draw at home to Real Valladolid on Saturday, though Benzema was at least given a reason to crack a smile for his individual feat.

The former Lyon man netted a fine opener on the turn in the 82nd minute, finding the bottom-right corner from 18 yards.

However, it was ultimately not enough for the three points, as Sergi Guardiola converted just before the end to seal a shock draw for Valladolid.

Benzema has taken 10 years to reach the 150 milestone, but for a while it looked like he may never get near that number.

The striker's poor form in 2017-18 had his future at the club in doubt, but he bounced back last term with 21 goals in LaLiga, a figure he has only exceeded once in his career.

His effort on Saturday got him off the mark for the new season, making him only the seventh player to reach 150 goals for Madrid in Spain's top flight.

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