- Karim Benzema has been Real Madrid's point man since Cristiano Ronaldo left in 2018
- So far this campaign, the Frenchman has scored 10 goals in 16 appearances
- Records now show that the 32-year-old is more important to Zidane's than Cristiano in his first spell
Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has proven to be more important to Zinedine Zidane's second spell than Cristiano Ronaldo for the French manager during his first time in charge.
The 35-year-old rose to become Los Blancos highest goals scorers with 450 goals in 438 appearances across competitions.
He also inspired the Galacticos to four Champions League triumphs during his nine-year reign at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, recent stats have now shown that Benzema has been more effective for the 48-year-old since his return in 2019. Pedro Martin, a statistician, said in a post on Twitter that:
"Benzema is more important for Zidane's second Madrid than Cristiano for Zidane's first Madrid.
"Cristiano scored 28% of the goals of Zidane's first Madrid (112 of 393). Benzema has scored 29% of the goals of Zidane's second Madrid (44 of 148)."
Benzema has scored 10 goals and three assists in 16 appearances across competitions this campaign.
He was instrumental to their Spanish League success last campaign after helping them beat rivals Barcelona to the top prize in the last ten games of the season.
The 32-year-old has four Champions League titles among several other domestic and continental trophies in his cabinet.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Karim Benzema set another record after inspiring Real Madrid to a flawless victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid during their Spanish League encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend.
A 15th-minute strike from Casemiro and an own goal from Jan Oblak meant Diego Simeone's men suffered their first defeat of the season.
Though they remain atop of the La Liga table with 26 points from 11 matches, Los Blancos have however been able to reduce their lead to three points.
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