The reason Karim Benzema is such a misunderstood player


first_imgDespite having just reached an incredible milestone for Real Madrid, we will explain the reason Karim Benzema will forever have so many haters.As the people who have always enjoyed Karim Benzema’s game as a forward in European football celebrated his latest conquest, there will always be that unbearable hater who will never understand that the Frenchman is one of those players who is born once every generation.The Lyon product just surpassed the 200-goal barrier with his brace against Viktoria Plzen and this sparked a whole new debate about whether he is the right striker for Real Madrid or not, but Benzema will shut people’s mouths repeatedly until the day he retires because that’s what he does.The best way to understand the type of player that Karim Benzema really is, suffices with only stopping for a few seconds and watch the play from the first goal he scored in the Champions League.This dribbling skill is what sums up Karim in a nutshell, a player who can produce a moment of magic like this can get away with anything and should have credit for as many years as he wants.But if the critics that always come after Karim are so adamant on taking him down want stats, let’s look at the numbers and compare him to other great Real Madrid players who share a spot with him on the 200-Goal Club. 💬 @Benzema…More than 200 goals for @RealMadrid ✅Real Madrid’s fourth highest scorer in European competition ✅Highest-scoring French player in European competition ✅#RMUCL | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/kulft7nepV— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 8, 2018No need to talk about anybody else but Raul Gonzalez Blanco, one of Real Madrid’s most respected players and the second all-time top scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo.During his 16 seasons for the club, Raul Gonzalez played a total of 741 matches and scored 323 goals during that time.Karim Benzema has already played 420 matches and scored 201 goals with the white shirt, this leaves the Frenchman with a 0.47 goal average against Raul’s 0.44.It may not be much but, Benzema has the better goal average compared to Raul and the foreigner somehow gets far more criticism from the press than the beloved Madrid ‘Angel’ ever got.In fact, Raul is arguably one of the most respected players from that institution and he didn’t win as many trophies as Benzema has won during his 9 seasons at the club.The best way that the striker can explain this hatred against him is by saying the following statement after the match against Viktoria Plzen: “When I go out on the field I don’t just want to score goals,” he said to Marca after the match.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I want to give assists, play, score goals… what a striker does. It’s always the same but I play football to make history and sometimes people don’t understand what I do on the pitch.”“But it doesn’t bother me anymore because I’m 30 years old, I have children and I don’t think about these things,” he concluded.🔝⚽ @Benzema200+ goals for @RealMadrid!#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/4pECO0WXky— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 7, 2018But we don’t really need to do much in order to change this negative energy directed at Karim Benzema, the solution has been in front of our noses this whole time.What Real Madrid needs to do in order to let this wonderful player be his own man, is to just change the number he wears on the back of his jersey.You are reading this correctly, if Karim Benzema didn’t have the number ‘9’ shirt and maybe another number like the ’11’ or ’10’, he wouldn’t get so much criticism for not scoring as many goals as a proper striker should.Karim gives so much more to the game than just goals, if the club brought another player like Harry Kane and give him that number, it would be very beneficial for everybody and Benzema would finally feel free to keep playing the gorgeous football he’s always shared with all of us.From the Ronaldo.com team, we urge Real Madrid to hear our request and remove the number ‘9’ shirt from Karim Benzema’s back. You can thank us later.5⃣ Goals4⃣ Goalscorers3⃣ Points2⃣ Champions League debuts1⃣ Fantastic performance!#RMUCL | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Bpeo2q3x4z— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 7, 2018Why do you thin Karim Benzema gets criticized so much despite being one of the best footballers in the world? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img