Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been exceptional in recent weeks, scoring 30 goals for Los Blancos although the club has nothing to fight for as the 2018/19 La Liga season comes to an end.
The French striker scored a hat-trick against Athletic Bilbao to distinguish himself as one of the best performers during Madrid disappointing campaign. He is currently two goals away from a total 32 goals he achieved in his third year (2011/12 season) at the club.
Since hitting the net against Huesca three weeks ago, the Frenchman has scored all of Madrid’s last eight goals. Karim has so far scored against Valencia, Leganes, Eibar and Athletic Bilbao. He is also considered a “headmaster” for scoring eleven (11) headers in Europe’s five leagues.
In La Liga Santander, only Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has scored more goals than Benzema—though it’s pointless comparing both footballers.
Benzema expressed confidence in his personal achievements and contributions to the growth of football despite Madrid’s dismal campaign. He isn’t worried about transfer rumors linking Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1 stars to the Santiago Bernabeu.
In his words, ‘The club decides what they want and that has nothing to do with my preferences or personal goals…I don’t mind if they have plans of signing a new No. 9.
‘I’m concentrating on the pitch for now—to help the team defend its former glory and pride.’
Benzema insisted that he has an incontestable spot in the team, adding that he won’t be leaving Santiago Bernabeu no matter the new names and what they bring to the club.
‘Madrid is the best club in the world. Why would I want to leave?’ Benzema said when questioned about his fears.
Benzema’s football career—which was dwindling before Zinedine Zidane’s arrival—has experienced a surge recently.
‘We are all happy for the contributions from Benzema,’ Zidane said, ‘we will bank on him for more surprises next season.’