Real Madrid – La Liga Now has 12 LaLiga Santander goals
Karim Benzema was again the man who opened the scoring for Real Madrid on Sunday, this time doing so in a 2-0 win over Valencia.
With his goal, the No.9 maintained his impressive scoring record for Los Blancos that he has enjoyed since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus in 2018.
He has 12 LaLiga Santander goals to his name this season, and 17 across all competitions, leaving him just one goal shy of his tally at this stage last season and two off his total by this point in 2018/19.
In the first post-Cristiano Ronaldo campaign, he ended the season with 30 goals, while he managed 27 last term.
Benzema‘s consistency in front of goal is making up for others’ lack of scoring.
In his first season at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu he scored just nine goals and in 2017/18 he was way below his expected total, finishing with just 12 to his name.
In every other season he has scored close to 30, grabbing 32 under Jose Mourinho in 2011/12 as he enjoyed his most prolific season.
Benzema is now three goals behind Lionel Messi, Spain’s top scorer across all competitions. Fifteen of the Argentine’s goals have come in LaLiga Santander, where Luis Suarez is currently the leading scorer with 16 goals to his name.
Sunday was a special occasion for Benzema. Not only did he score, but it was the game in which he matched Roberto Carlos as the foreign player with the most LaLiga Santander appearances for Real Madrid at 370, although he is already the foreign player with more appearances for the club than anyone across all competitions.
The No.9 has had his misfortune this season as well and he has hit the woodwork as many as 10 times already, which is more than any player across Europe.