Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is getting closer to breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s club goals record at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Benzema scored in Real Madrid’s 6-0 LaLiga win over Levante on Thursday night, cementing his place as a Real Madrid legend and one of the best goal scorers in club history.
His first goal against Levante was a watershed moment in Real Madrid history.
Benzema’s goal against Levante was his 323rd in Real Madrid colors, matching Raul Gonzalez’s record as the club’s second-highest scorer.
The France international is now only one goal behind Ronaldo, who scored 451 goals for Real Madrid.
Benzema is Real Madrid’s third-highest scorer in LaLiga Santander history, with 219 goals to Raul’s 228 and Ronaldo’s 312.
The 34-year-old, who is improving with age, has now scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, breaking his previous best total of 32 goals in 2011/12 and 2020/21.
The former Lyon star scored 425 goals in his career (323 for Real Madrid, 66 for Lyon, and 36 for France), making him the highest-scoring Frenchman in history, surpassing Thierry Henry’s total of 411.