Karim Benzema has broken Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for the most goals scored against one club.
The striker completed his La Liga career in style, scoring in his farewell game for Real Madrid, a 1-1 tie with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, June 4th.
Karim Benzema equalised from the penalty spot to score his 18th goal against Athletic, overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for most goals scored against the club.
The Frenchman confirmed his departure from Los Blancos on Sunday, after 14 years with the club after joining from Olympique Lyon in 2009.
Benzema’s Real Madrid contract will expire at the end of June, and he is generally anticipated to follow Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia, where Al-Ittihad has made an offer.
Karim Benzema’s sudden desire to leave Real Madrid has caused chaos within the Spanish club, as they were not expecting to sign a world-class forward this summer, Goal reports.
The Frenchman’s decision has left Los Blancos’ transfer plans in tatters, as they will have to purchase a new centre-forward this summer, with some names already being drawn up by the club.
Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane are two names being mentioned around Santiago Bernabeu as Benzema’s replacement at Real Madrid next season.
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Karim Benzema received a standing ovation upon scoring his 354th goal for Real Madrid in his 648th and ultimate game for the team, with Cristiano Ronaldo (450) being the sole player in the club’s history to have scored more goals.
Ancelotti speaks on Benzema’s departure
Carlo Ancelotti, manager of Real Madrid, has spoken out on Karim Benzema’s “unexpected” departure from the club at the end of the season.
After 14 trophy-laden years, Benzema will leave Real Madrid as a free agent in the off-season, according to the La Liga club.
Ancelotti stated that Benzema informed Real Madrid of his decision to leave the club on Sunday morning, which came as a surprise.