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Champions League: is Karim Benzema better than Robert Lewandowski? – Soccer

“Benzema keeps whites alive”
The largest Spanish newspaper “El País”

★★★

Real Madrid lost a completely insane first leg semi-final in the Champions League at Man City 3: 4, but thanks to two goals from Karim Benzema (34) they still have every chance for the final in Paris.

The French scored 1: 2 (33rd) and scored just before the end for 3: 4 (82nd). And how!

Although Benzema had just scored two penalties in a league match, he steps forward and throws the ultra cheeky, icy ball in the middle!

Benzema is in the shape of her life. He has scored 41 goals in 41 competitive matches for Real. More than ever in 17 years as a pro! And that at the age of 34!

Teammate David Alaba (29): “It’s amazing what he’s playing this season.”

Former player Mesut Özil (33) calls on Twitter: “Give him the Ballon d’Or!”

Is he better than Robert Lewandowski (33)?

Sky expert Dietmar Hamann (48) to BILD: “This season you have to say: yes! It’s hard to argue with how it’s nailing things these days.”

The thing is: If Benzema wins the Champions League with Real, it would be his fifth title after 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018. He would speak like record holder Cristiano Ronaldo (37).

Hamann: “He took his team to the semi-finals practically alone and kept them alive. But bottom line: if I had a choice, I’d prefer a Lewandowski to a Benzema. He is the most complete striker. “

Benzema and Lewandowski in figures

BENZEMA
★ Championship: 29 games, 25 goals, one goal every 96 minutes
★ Champions League: 10 games, 14 goals, one goal every 65 minutes
★ Overall Champions League: 140 games, 85 goals, one goal every 120 minutes

LEWANDOWSKI

★ Championship: 33 games, 31 goals, one goal every 81 minutes
★ Champions League: 10 games, 13 goals, one goal every 67 minutes
★ Total Champions League: 106 games, 86 goals, one goal every 105 minutes

Last year he was only fourth in the world football elections behind Lewandowski, Messi and Salah, and in 2022 he is the favorite for the FIFA title.

Why: While Lewandowski is already champion with Bayern, the Pole is out of the DFB Cup and the Champions League.

And Benzema does the important things! All three goals in the round of 16 win over PSG, four of Real Madrid’s five goals in the quarter-finals against Chelsea and now twice in Manchester.

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