Carlo Ancelotti described Karim Benzema as the “complete player” after he inspired a 4-1 victory at Alaves in Real Madrid’s first game of the LaLiga season.
Benzema scored twice either side of a volley from Nacho, before Vinícius Junior headed in the last of four second-half goals for Madrid in their first competitive game since Ancelotti returned to the club.
Joselu had made it 3-1 from the penalty spot just after Benzema’s second goal, but Los Blancos made an impressive start to their bid to regain the title.
Benzema has scored 17 LaLiga goals this year, a tally only bettered by Lionel Messi (23), and he appeared to thrive on wearing the captain’s armband with Sergio Ramos having joined Paris Saint-Germain.
Madrid boss Ancelotti feels the France striker has matured into a magnificent all-rounder player.
He said: “Benzema is the completion of the team, reading the situations of the match very well. He is a player I think is not enough to call a forward.
“He is a very complete player. Now he is more complete than five years ago.”
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