karim benzema is madrid's second highest goal scorer

Karim Benzema needs 127 goals to overtake Cristiano Ronaldo as Real Madrid’s all-time highest goalscorer

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Karim Benzema is the second all-time highest goalscorer in the history of Real Madrid after overtaking Raul on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. He now needs around 127 goals to overtake Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid’s all-time leading scorer.

MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 01: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 01, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Raul who has been acknowledged by many as the most accomplished Real Madrid player having played in the Santiago Bernabeu for 17 years, scored 323 goals in 741 appearances. His legendary performance placed him ahead of Alfredo Di Stéfano as Madrid’s second all-time highest goalscorer.

But recently, Karim Benzema unseated Raul to become Real Madrid’s outright second-highest goal scorer by scoring in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

Benzema equaled Raul’s record of 323 goals when he scored against Levante in a massive victory of 6 goals to nill way back in May. This means that he is one of the 3 players to ever score 323 goals for Real Madrid.

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MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 3: Raul Gonzalez Blanco of Real Madrid Legends celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the Corazon Classic match between Real Madrid Legends and Asenal Legends at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on June 3, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The other person who has done it aside from Benzema and Raul is Ronaldo who currently holds the record for the highest number of goals scored for Real Madrid with 450 goals. The goal-scoring machine is on a different level. He is way above Benzema and Raul. It would take over a hundred goals to equal Ronaldo’s record. No pressure, Karim!

MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates as he scores their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Real Madrid CF and FC Schalke 04 at Estadio Bernabeu on March 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

But on Wednesday, Karim took the seat for himself as he scored Madrid’s second goal against Eintracht Frankfurt who were the Europa League winners in Helsinki. He now has a total of 324 goals under his belt.

The French International scored his 324th goal for Madrid in the 65th minute of the game making it 2-0 up for Madrid. This was after David Alaba had put Madrid in front by scoring in the first half of the game. The goal came as Vinicius Junior made the assist as he has been doing in the past.

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The Brazilian forward has assisted Benzema 10 times in the previous season and has been a huge influence on Madrid’s games. On this glorious occasion, he once again helped to make Karim Benzema the second highest goal scorer as he scored against Kevin Trapp.

Only Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a remarkable 450 goals during his nine-year stay at Santiago Bernabeu between 2009 and 2018, stands ahead of Benzema, though it would seem quite unlikely that the 34-year-old France striker will go on to match that record. But who knows, maybe Benzema would be able to match Ronaldo’s record before he bows out of the club.

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