Karim Benzema says he tried to learn everything from Cristiano Ronaldo

2021/22 will be remembered in Spain as Karim Benzema’s year, after the Frenchman enjoyed a career best performance, leading Real Madrid to the La Liga and Champions League double.

Benzema scored 44 goals in 46 games this season, numbers reminiscient of – but still below – Cristiano Ronaldo in his pomp.

Ronaldo once scored 61 goals in 54 games, but Benzema’s season was the finest individual campaign for Real since Ronaldo left in 2018.

Benzema spent much of his time in a supporting role to Ronaldo while the Manchester United star was at Real, now he has stepped into the limelight.

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Benzema says he tried to learn from Ronaldo

Speaking to French outlet Onze Mondial, Benzema talked up Manchester United’s number 7, and says he tried to learn as much as he could be studying Ronaldo.

Even then, Benzema says it is simply not possible for any player to match Ronaldo’s sustained success and ridiculous individual achievements.

Benzema explained: “When I watched him, I tried to understand everything he did: the goals, the shots, the passes, the ball controI.

“I dissected everything about Ronaldo. That’s why I can say: it’s impossible to achieve the same.”

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Even at the age of 37, Ronaldo is still performing at a high level. He scored 24 goals for Manchester United this past season, a figure which would have been a lot higher if the team was more competitive, finishing only sixth in the league and exiting cup competitions early.

Ronaldo’s performances have seen him make the six-man shortlist for the PFA Player’s Player of the Years award.

Benzema has a chance to win the Ballon d’Or for the first time this year, he is the clear favourite, for the award Ronaldo has won a staggering five times.

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