- Karim Benzema scored 21 league goals last season to inspire Real Madrid to the La Liga title
- The 33-year-old striker has been presented with the prestigious Alfredo Di Stefano trophy
- Benzema is the first to win it aside Messi and Ronaldo since Raul won the maiden edition
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has expressed delight having won the Alfredo Di Stefano prize for being the best player in La Liga Santander in 2019/20.
The Frenchman found the back 21 times in the Spanish top-flight last season inspiring Los Blancos to yet another league title ahead of rivals Barcelona.
After Raul Gonzalez won the first edition during the 2007/2008 season, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scooped all editions of the awards until Benzema now unseat the superstars.
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He said as cited in Spanish outlet Marca:
“It means a lot. I feel proud and very happy. It's the reward for my work at this club since 2009 and, as I say, it makes me very satisfied, without doubt.
"I've been at Real Madrid for many years and I always work to keep helping the team.
"[Messi and Ronaldo] are something else. They've won lots of individual awards and, for me, it's an honour to win it ahead of these two players."
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane recently showered encomiums on the 33-year-old for his efforts for the Spanish giants in recent times.
Los Blancos currently occupy second position on the Spanish La Liga standings with 29 points after 14 games and they are tied with leaders Atletico Madrid.
The reigning La Liga champions put up a spectacular show on Sunday night, December 20, as they defeated hosts Eibar 3-1 to move to second position in the La Liga standings.
Goals by Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez were enough to hand Zinedine Zidane's men all three points on the night.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi has insisted that he is more focused on winning the league title this season than the individual accolade.
The Barcelona captain was presented with his eight Pichichi trophy after emerging top scorer in the Spanish topflight division last season
The Argentine is far from impressed in winning another highest scorer's award after his team lost La Liga title to Real Madrid in the previous campaign.
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