The Champions League top scorer.. Karim Benzema grabs the lead and is close to breaking a record for Ronaldo

date of publication:
April 26, 2022 21:06 GMT

Update date: 26 April 2022 23:30 GMT

French Karim Benzema rose to the top scorer in the Champions League, after scoring a double for Real Madrid against Manchester City, on Tuesday evening, in the Champions League.

Manchester City beat Real Madrid 4-3 in an enjoyable first-leg match in the Champions League semi-finals at the Etihad Stadium, today, Tuesday.

Benzema rose to the top scorer with 14 goals, followed by Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich’s star, with 13 goals, as he bid farewell to the championship with his team, and thirdly, Sebastian Heller, Ajax star, with 11 goals.

According to the “Opta” statistics network, Benzema scored 41 goals for Real Madrid this season in various competitions, and became the fifth player to reach 40 goals or more in the club’s history in one season.

The network added: “Karim Benzema has become the fifth in a list that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Puskas, Di Stefano and Hugo Sanchez.”

Benzema scored his first goal against City today in the 33rd minute, then in the 82nd minute from a penalty kick, which he fired on the famous “Panenka” method.

Today, Benzema played his 600th match with Real Madrid in all competitions.

Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool star, remains the most prominent competitor to Benzema, as he is still in the competition, and he will play with Liverpool, tomorrow, Wednesday, against Villarreal in the first leg of the semi-finals.

Mohamed Salah is fourth with 8 goals and is 6 goals behind the lead.

After 121 matches in the competition, she scored 368 goals, with 3.05 goals per match and one goal every 30 minutes.

Bayern Munich leads in the best attack in the current version with 31 goals, compared to 28 goals for Manchester City, and 25 goals each for Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Record

And by reaching the 14th goal in the competition this season, Benzema became equal to Lionel Messi’s number in the 2011-2012 season, but he is three goals behind the record achieved by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2013-2014 season with Real Madrid.

The French striker has a great opportunity to break this number in the return match at the Santiago Bernabeu, as well as if Real Madrid qualified for the final if they surpassed Manchester City in the first leg and semi-final match.

And the “Squaka” statistics website said that the 34-year-old striker scored seven goals in the semi-final matches in the history of his participation in the tournament, surpassing Lionel Messi, who scored six goals in this particular round, and of course all with his former team Barcelona.

Benzema was equal with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the number of semi-final goals, each with seven goals, while Ronaldo scored 13 goals in this role in the history of his participation in the tournament.

The return match will be held in Madrid on the fourth of next May, while Liverpool will play Villarreal in the other match, first leg of the semi-final, at Anfield, on Wednesday.

Benzema set several records in the Champions League this season thanks to a “hat-trick” against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League, after he became the fourth player in history to score more than 80 goals in the competition.

Benzema scored the second hat-trick in a row in the Champions League, after his important hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain at the Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg of the round of 16, which eliminated the Paris club.

The French striker became the fourth player in the history of the tournament to score a “hat-trick” in two consecutive games after Luis Adriano, Ronaldo and Messi, but he is the second player in the history of the tournament also to score a hat-trick in two consecutive games in the playoffs after Ronaldo (against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid).

He is also the first player to score a hat-trick against Chelsea in the Champions League, as he scored the three goals after just 46 minutes from the start of the match.