Karim Benzema has enjoyed his most successful individual campaign with Real Madrid this season. The Frenchman is the undisputed contender for Ballon d’Or this season after leading Real Madrid to La Liga and Champions League titles. Benzema came close to breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League goal scoring record as well but fell two short of the Portuguese Superstar.
Benzema and Cristiano enjoyed a wonderful partnership during the 9 years they played together at Real Madrid. The Frenchman played second fiddle to Cristiano as the Portuguese would always bang huge number of goals.
Ronaldo scored 451 goals in 9 years at Real Madrid and this feat is almost unrepeatable. A lot of players take inspiration from the Portuguese Superstar and Benzema revealed he also tried to copy Cristiano.
Speaking about Cristiano in an interview with El Espanol, Karim Benzema said:
“I always liked to watch and observe him, I tried to concentrate on his movements, dribbling, passing, ball handling. I dissected everything from him. I tried to take his things, but then doing the same thing is impossible.”
Benzema admitted although he tried to copy Cristiano’s skills but it was impossible to do that. The Portuguese is widely regarded as the Greatest Player of All Time and of course it’s not easy copying Cristiano.
Ronaldo was once asked in an interview who will be the next Cristiano to which he replied:
“No one can be the next Cristiano Ronaldo. There are no doubles in football. The next player will be what he has to be but never the same.”
There will surely never be another Cristiano Ronaldo.