Ancelotti: Benzema is the Best Player in the World

Ancelotti: Benzema is the Best Player in the World
Karim Benzema (vice-captain). The UEFA Champions League match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk vs FC Real Madrid — Photo by vitaliivitleo

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says Karim Benzema is the best player in the world right now after scoring in Wednesday’s 2-0 UEFA Super Cup win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Benzema scored Real’s second goal in the 65th minute in Helsinki, after David Alaba had opened the scoring in the first half.

The 34-year-old French striker had netted 27 league goals as Real won the La Liga title last term, along with 15 strikes in their triumphant UEFA Champions League campaign.

“I think (he is the best), yes,” Ancelotti said.

“He is our most important player right now, the most efficient player in the world at this moment.

“Karim was the most important in the Champions League, even though he did not score in the final, because of his (all-round) game and his goals got us to the final, against Manchester City and Chelsea, against Paris Saint-Germain.

“He’s very important for us. There is no doubt, at the moment, that he is the best player in the world.”

In the process, he became the club’s outright second-highest goal scorer, having netted for the 324th time for Madrid.

Benzema also became Real’s second highest goal scorer in club history with his strike in the Super Cup.

That goal was his 324th for the club, putting him ahead of Raul and behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (450).

Ben somerford
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