Karim Benzema has exploded at Real Madrid since the first stars of the Royal Club parted ways. The leadership of the French striker came to the fore. The new El Clásico is approaching, Barcelona and Real Madrid will cross swords on October 24, and for the first time in the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, none of the two players who marked this era will be the actor in the biggest football match in the world, as many called El Clásico.
Karim Benzema, the man they trust the most in Madrid, believes that El Clásico is still the best match in the world of football, even though Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi no longer take part in it. Their absence does not change anything, because it is the derby of all derbies.
"Everything is still the same for me. El Clásico remains the best match that exists in football. It doesn't matter which players will play or who have left and they aren't there anymore..." "Nor who will come and take part in El Clásico.
The matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona are historic," Karim Benzema told ESPN. Lionel Messi holds the record for the number of goals scored against Real Madrid. The Paris Saint-Germain star scored 18 goals in El Clásico while playing for Barcelona - from 2004 to 2021.
On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo, a member of the Royal Club for three years, stopped at the number of nine goals in El Clásico, and the only player who scored more goals in the La Liga against Barcelona than him is Diego Forlan with 10 goals.
Players and coaches come and leave, but El Clásico remains what it is. "Names are changing. El Clásico used to be marked by Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Luis Nazario da Lima, Samuel Eto'o. The rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona will always be the same, no matter who is on the pitch.
Barcelona opened the season badly, they did not win a single point in the Champions League - they lost to Benfica and Bayern, against whom they did not have a shot at the goal - and in La Liga, they are already five points behind second-placed Real Madrid, but they also have one game less.
The table is one, and the derby is a game in itself. Then all the results are irrelevant, they play no role. "It is never the right time to play against them. A team like Barcelona or any other top team can play badly, but that quickly turns around.
It's a game we can't take lightly, even if they haven't played well so far. " A list of 30 names in the shortlist for the Golden Ball was recently leaked. Among them is Karim Benzema, and the legendary Ronaldo pointed out that Karim Benzema is his favorite for the prestigious award.
If Real Madrid striker wins it, he will become the first French player to lift the Golden Ball after Zinedine Zidane. "Winning the Golden Ball was my boyhood and youthful dream, and great motivation. The Golden Ball represents the best players in the world and it is great to be on that list."
"If you look at who is on the shortlist, it's amazing. Winning the Golden Ball has always been my goal. You could say I'm close now. I played great in the previous three or four years and I would like to continue playing at a high level."