After his last goal for Carlo Ancelotti’s team, Karim Benzema has tied for the second position on Real Madrid’s all-time goalscoring list with Raul.
Madrid hammered Levante 6-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday night, with Benzema among the scoring.
Vinicius Junior scored a hat-trick to help the newly crowned La Liga champions bounce back from a derby setback to Atletico Madrid, but the Brazilian shared the spotlight with Benzema after cementing his place in the Blancos’ history books.
With 323 goals, Benzema is now the joint-second best goalscorer in Madrid history, tying with former Spain player Raul, who left the club in 2010.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored an astonishing 450 goals during his nine-year stint at the Bernabeu, still holds a comfortable lead over the pair at the top of the club’s scorers’ record.
Benzema has scored 43 goals this season, netting 26 in 29 LaLiga Santander games. This is his finest tally in a single LaLiga season, as he has already managed to score more goals than the 24 he netted in 2016/17.
This will be the 20th time Benzema is facing Levante, against whom he has scored nine goals, six of which came in the league and three in the Copa del Rey.
He opened his madridista account on matchday three of LaLiga 2009/10 against Xerez and has since gone on to win it all with the club. His incredible trophy haul comprises 21 titles: 4 Champions Leagues, 4 Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cups, 4 LaLigas, 2 Copas del Rey and 4 Spanish Super Cups.
His 323 goals have come spread across six competitions: 219 in LaLiga, 74 in the Champions League, 21 in the Copa del Rey, 3 in the Club World Cup, 5 in the Spanish Super Cup and 1 in the European Super Cup. His favourite opposition as a madridista are Athletic (18), Valencia (15) and Granada (14).
His goals have already helped Madrid win the league and the Supercopa de Espana, and fans will be hoping for more of the same when Ancelotti’s side faces Liverpool in the Champions League final later this month.