Benzema the savior, Lewandowski the hunter, Ronaldo the killer … what to remember from the European weekend

Karim Benzema delivered Real against Elche
The end of the season is approaching in the various foreign championships and the suspense remains unresolved. Karim Benzema has once again turned into a savior, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski have further martyred the opposing defenses. Sergio Agüero for his part finally found his way back to the net and Frenchman Jonathan Schmid broke a Bundesliga record.

Weeks go by and look the same in Madrid. A week after allowing Real to draw a draw in the last minutes against Atlético (1-1), Karim Benzema once again saved his team on Saturday March 13, against Elche (2-1). While the Merengues were led 1-0 twenty minutes from the end of the match, KB9 put on his hero cape to equalize at first with a furious header.

While Real are still in the fight for the title, this draw did not help Zinédine Zidane and his team’s affairs. A disappointment which pushed Benzema to shine, once again, on a superb movement with Rodrygo. After a handover from the Brazilian, the Frenchman from Real concluded this action perfectly with a nice volley from the left foot. A nice goal that offers a crucial victory for Real, which still remains six points behind Atlético de Madrid, who conceded a draw against Getafe (0-0).

Robert Lewandowski, that insatiable goal hunter. On the lawn of Werder Bremen (3-1), Polish striker Bayern Munich scored his 32nd goal in 24 Bundesliga matches. This season Lewandowski has scored at least one goal in 21 of the 24 matches he has played. Impressive performances that the best player of the year 2020 ultimately makes quite commonplace.

What is less – banal – is that Lewandowski entered a little more into the legend of German football, becoming, with 268 goals, the second highest scorer in Bundesliga history tied with Klaus Fischer. The Bayern player is “only” 97 goals behind Gerd Müller’s record (365), nicknamed the Bombardier. At the rate he is going, Lewandowski (32) still has time to catch up. And the Pole has not finished chasing the top scorer in Bayern Munich history. He is aiming for another Gerd Müller record: that of the number of goals scored in a season, set at 40. Lewandowski still has nine games ahead of him to dethrone, for the first time, “Der Bomber“.

Five days later, Cristiano Ronaldo did not seem to have digested the elimination of Juventus in the Champions League against FC Porto. So the Portuguese let off steam on Cagliari on Sunday March 14 (3-1). In the first period, the five-time Ballon d’Or achieved a perfect hat-trick: headed goal from a corner, doubled with the right foot from the penalty spot and tripled with the left foot on a beautiful curled shot. A supersonic hat-trick, between the 10th and the 32nd minute of play, which totally stunned Cagliari.

With this hat-trick – his first of the season – Ronaldo takes off in the Serie A scorers standings (23 goals) and relegates Romelu Lukaku (19 goals), who scored against Torino, four lengths behind. The Portuguese has also now scored more goals in official matches than Pelé who, a handsome player, immediately congratulated him on social networks. Ronaldo, with 770 goals scored in official meetings, has claimed to be now the top scorer in football history, even if this honorary title remains the subject of debate, the figures differing according to the sources and the matches taken or not. into account.

Pelé in any case congratulated CR7 for “having broken (his) record for goals in official matches“That is 767 goals according to most sources, a total that Ronaldo joined on March 2.”I admire you very much, I love to see you play (…). My only regret is that I can’t kiss you today“, wrote the 80-year-old” King “in a message on Instagram (5.8 million subscribers). While claiming in his official bio on this network 1,283 goals in total during his career, counting the matches not official.

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