Karim Benzema will leave Real Madrid in June after spending 14 years of his club career with the Spanish giant.
The 35-year-old Frenchman has won 25 titles as a Real Madrid striker, including five UEFA Champions League titles and four LaLiga titles.
Here’s a look at Benzema’s top five moments with the Los Blancos:
A winner in the end
During the 2021-22 Champions League face-off against Chelsea, 90 minutes concluded and the score was 4-4. Either team needed to score the decider to make it to the semifinal and Benzema rose up to the challenge. His header found the net during extra-time and secured Real Madrid a thrilling 5-4 win.
The Ballon d’Or win
Benzema was awarded the Ballon d’Or award in 2022. He won by the biggest margin as he beat Liverpool’s Sadio Mane by 356 points. The Frenchman scored 30 goals across all tournaments.
A much-needed hat-trick
Facing Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the last-16 tie of the 2021-22 Champions League season, the Los Blancos were falling behind PSG after conceding two goals. It was into the second half when Benzema fired his first goal and followed with two more to ensure Real Madrid walked away with an emphatic win.
Among Real Madrid’s top scorers
With 353 goals, Benzema surpassed Raul Gonzalez to seat himself among the top goal scorers for Real Madrid. He is in second place just below Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 450 goals in his 10 years at the club. Benzema went past Raul on May 13, 2022 with a close-range header against Levante in a LaLiga game.
A Clasico goal record
Benzema needed only 25 seconds to score against Barcelona in the famous El Clasico meetup in 2011. He made his way into the record books for the fastest El Clasico goal in the 21st century. His goal was, however, not enough as Barcelona won the game 3-1.
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