Karim Benzema becomes 5th-highest scorer in La Liga: Key stats
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema scored a brace in his side's La Liga clash versus Elche. Real cruised to a 4-0 win in their matchday 21 encounter to cut down Barcelona's lead to eight points. Benzema's heroics has led to him stepping clear of former Real legend Raul and becoming the league's 5th-highest scorer. Here we decode the stats.
Benzema in an elite company of goal scorers
Benzema has raced to 230 La Liga goals for Real in 428 appearances. He went past Raul, who managed 228 goals in 550 appearances. Lionel Messi holds the record in La Liga for most goals (474 in 520 appearances). Former Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo is second with 311 goals in 292 matches. Telmo Zarra (251) and Hugo Sanchez (234) follow suit.
Benzema's performance in 2022-23 season
In 13 La Liga games this season, Benzema has 11 goals and three assists. Meanwhile, in 23 matches across competitions, the senior striker has scored 16 goals.
Benzema has managed 339 goals for Real
Benzema is the second-highest scorer in Real Madrid's history. His 339 goals see him be only behind Ronaldo, who hammered 450. Raul is third on the list with 323 goals. Notably, these three players are the only ones with 300-plus goals. Benzema is the 2nd-highest scorer in the Champions League for Real (74). He is the joint-highest scorer in Copa del Rey (22).
Unique record for Benzema
As per Opta, Benzema attempted 10 shots against Elche, his most in a single La Liga game (428 appearances). Overall, Benzema has clocked 46 shots in La Liga 2022-23, including 26 on target. 10 of his 11 goals have come from inside the box.