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Last Updated: June 20th 2020, 8:30 pm

How the departure of Ronaldo affected Benzema?

Since Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid in 2018, there has been a clear difference in the forward area.

 

Karim Benzema has been the club's top goalscorer in the last two seasons with some impressive numbers, and none of his teammates have got anywhere near him.


 

After Cristiano's departure Benzema just does not have another goalscorer alongside him.

 

The Portuguese superstar was the club's highest goalscorer in each of the nine seasons he played for Real Madrid but, in each one of those, one of his teammates always scored at least 20 goals.


 

The Frenchman did it six times, while Gonzalo Higuain, Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata achieved this just once.

 

Since Cristiano left the club to join Juventus, no one has stepped up to take the goal scoring responsibilities alongside Karim.

 

It was expected to be Gareth Bale the one to do it, but he's only managed to score a total of 17 goals in the last two campaigns, which is lower than the club's second top scorer during that period - Sergio Ramos with 18.

 

Benzema has netted a total of 49, which is only three less than Cristiano has managed to score since he joined Juventus.

 

In Europe there are players who managed to score more goals than both of them - Robert Lewandowski. Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe - but all those player have teammates who contribute in that department.