Vinícius Júnior and Karim Benzema lead Real Madrid
During the heated competition in the European Champions League, the young and explosive 22-year-old, Vinicius Junior, and the experienced striker in Karim Benzema both prove they are an amazing day – a team of attacking partners for Real Madrid football club combining to superior and excellent perfection to further advance the European champions.
The superb duo of Benzema and Junior once again put up a strong fight against Real Madrid’s amazing second-half recovery Champions League which began last Tuesday, February 21stSt2023 when they managed to score 2 goals apiece in a 5-2 return win at Liverpool during 1St – Round of 16 first leg in the Champions League competition.
Both added another assist to this season’s stats as football club Real Madrid came – off – two goals behind defense – to take a dominant lead into the 2nd – Leg on legendary and historical Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Great combined threat from Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior
Vinícius and Benzema have combined for 17 goals and 8 assists each real Madrid only this year alone. For the current season, the total number of goals is 54 and they have come together to help with 14 assists.
They could complement each other very well in Real Madrid’s attack as they always find ways to find each other quickly and somehow aggressive passes as well as theirs long through balls to give each other and their teammates top scoring chances.
Vinícius makes his biggest contribution mostly with his runs and deft footwork, allowing him to dazzle the crowd while gobbling up the defenders he gets past. While the now 35-year-old Benzema adds his well-known and experienced tact and accurate finishing shots.
They also played so well together last season when Benzema was named the best footballer in the world. This season, it’s Vinícius who takes the bull by the horns as Real Madrid leading role on the offensive his football club.
“Vinicius is, in my opinion, the key player in world football right now, the man who can make the biggest difference.” the head coach of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelottiexpressed.
The head coach of Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp, seemed to agree that Vinícius is one of the best players in the world right now and he has this to say: “Benzema is not bad.”. The Liverpool manager also praised Rodrygo, the other Real Madrid forward who has teamed up quite effectively with Vinícius and Benzema to create a superior offensive threat to their opponents.
Karim Benzema’s injuries
Benzema recently blamed his injuries for not being able to play last year but he is considered better and his match play consists of very impressive numbers from last season.
“I haven’t played much so far, but the most important thing is that I contribute to the team with goals and assists“ explained Real Madrid’s veteran striker Karim Benzema. “I come from a season where I played a lot of games. I was injured after the World Cup and it’s difficult to reach the top level. But I’m starting to feel better. Today I showed a good performance and I will continue.”
Vinícius Junior was able to succeed despite the fact that he had to deal with it racial slurs thrown by spectators hate attacks by opposing supporters since the start of this current season.
Junior scored twice at 1St – half to get the Real Madrid football club back under their spell come – from – behind winning game win last Tuesday February 21stSt2023
“Vini’s performance lifted us up,” he says real Madrid Midfield player, Federico Valverde.
Karim Benzema’s shots on goal came during the 2nd minutend – half of Real Madrid’s last game on Tuesday and their defender Eder Militao also scored for Real Madrid.
Head coach Ancelotti explained that he needed to make the necessary changes to Real Madrid’s line-up after the slow and inadequate start to the competition Liverpool managed to get away from Real Madrid as they exploited Real Madrid’s vulnerability specifically on the left side of the pitch.
“I asked Luka (Modric) to press Fabinho but that left us unguarded down the left flank“ Ancelotti continues. “In the second half I put Valverde there and we were able to fix it.”
The 2nd – The leg against Liverpool Football Club is coming up Wednesday March 15thth2023.
2nd – Place Real Madrid, who are currently just 8- points behind their rivals in Barcelona, now face another of their bitter rivals Atlético Madrid in the Spanish league this Saturday, February 25th2023
Achievements, Honors and Awards in Karim Benzema’s Football Career
- League 1: 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008
- Coupe de France: 2007 – 2008
- Trophy of Champions: 2006, 2007
- League: 2011-2012, 2016-2017, 2019-2020, 2021-2022
- King’s Cup: 2010-2011, 2013-2014
- Supercopa de Espana: 2012, 2017, 2021 – 2022
- UEFA Champions League: 2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2021-2022
- UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2022
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022
- UEFA European Under-17 Championship: 2004
- UEFA Nations League: 2020-2021
- World runners-up: 2022
- Ballon d’Or: 2022
- UEFA Player of the Year: 2021 – 2022
- Golden Player Man Award: 2022
- Onze d’Or: 2020-2021, 2021-2022
- French Player of the Year: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2021
- UEFA Champions League Player of the Season: 2021 – 2022
- UEFA Champions League top scorer: 2021 – 2022
- LaLiga Player of the Season: 2019-2020, 2021-2022
- La Liga Best Player (voted by Marca fans): 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022
- Trofeo Alfredo Di Stefano: 2019 – 2020, 2021 – 2022
- Pichichi Trophy: 2021 – 2022
- UEFA Champions League Best Assist Provider: 2011-2012
- UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2020-2021
- UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2021 – 2022
- IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2022
- Globe Soccer Awards Men’s Player of the Year: 2022
- Bravo Prize: 2008
- Ligue 1 top scorer: 2007 – 2008
- Top scorer of the Coupe de France: 2007 – 2008
- UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Month: January 2008, April 2008
- UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year: 2007 – 2008
- UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2007 – 2008
- Golden Lion for the best athlete from Lyon: 2007, 2008
- French Rookie of the Year: 2006
- Étoile d’Or: 2007 – 2008
- LaLiga Team of the Season: 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022
- UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2019 – 2020
- LaLiga Player of the Month: October 2014, June 2020, March 2021, September 2021, April 2022
- Supercopa de España top scorer: 2021-2022, 2022-2023
- Real Madrid Player of the Season (voted by fans): 2015-2016, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2021-2022
- Best French Player Abroad: 2019, 2021, 2022
- AS Player of the Year: 2021
- Foosball Player of the Season: 2022
- Madrid Sports Press Association (APDM) Prize
- ESM Team of the Year: 2020-2021, 2021-2022
- L’Équipe Team of the Year: 2020, 2021, 2022
- 2005 UEFA – CAF Meridian Cup Top Scorer
- UEFA European Championship Bronze Boot: 2020
- Bronze Boot for UEFA Nations League Finals: 2021
- UEFA Nations League Final Goal of the tournament: 2021
- Member of Guinness World Records 2021: Player with most consecutive seasons in the UEFA Champions League (qualified for and played in the competition without interruption since 2005)
Achievements, honors and awards of Vinicius Junior’s football career
- League: 2019-2020, 2021-2022
- Supercopa de Espana: 2019-2020, 2021-2022
- UEFA Champions League: 2021-2022
- UEFA Super Cup: 2022
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2018, 2022
- South American U-15 Championship: 2015
- South American U-17 Championship: 2017
- BRICS U-17 Football Cup: 2016
- Copa Sao Paulo de Futbol Junior Best Left Winger: 2017
- Best Player of the South American U-17 Championship: 2017
- LaLiga Player of the Month: November 2021
- UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2021 – 2022
- UEFA Champions League Youth Player of the Season: 2021-2022
- LaLiga Team of the Season: 2021-2022
- FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2022
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