Best striker in La Liga! – Ozil & Zidane back Benzema after his Clasico class

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema
By Chris Myson

By Chris Myson

Updated 8:59 AM - April 11, 2021

Mesut Ozil has called Karim Benzema the best striker in La Liga after his former team-mate produced a classy finish in El Clasico.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane also paid tribute to the Frenchman after his fine flick opened the scoring against Barcelona.

READ MORE: Benzema shows he can still be Madrid’s main man

Zidane’s men won 2-1, with their third straight win over Barcelona putting them top of La Liga.

Now 33, Benzema has seen Real Madrid linked with a host of star strikers including Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

But he has responded by scoring in seven straight La Liga matches.

READ MORE: Benzema discusses constant transfer rumours

Benzema has 25 goals in 35 games across all competitions in an impressive season.

“The best striker of La Liga showed his class again – my boy Benzi,” wrote Ozil on Twitter.

Benzema: Real Madrid scoring record

SEASONAPPEARANCSGOALS
2009/10339
2010/114826
2011/125232
2012/135020
2013/145224
2014/154622
2015/163628
2016/174819
2017/184712
2018/195330
2019/204827
2020/213525

Zidane, meanwhile, hailed the striker who is helping a Madrid squad he admits is at the point of exhaustion.

“Yes, in the end this goal is about quality and talent – Karim has a lot of that,” Zidane said of Benzema’s strike.

“I’m happy for him that he scores again.”

Toni Kroos added to the early strike from Benzema and Madrid held on to win despite Oscar Mingueza scoring for Barca in the second half and a late red card for Casemiro.

READ MORE: Benzema, Haaland, Mbappe or Ronaldo?

Madrid have another huge game on Wednesday as they look to follow up their 3-1 first-leg Champions League quarter-final win over Liverpool.

Zidane added: “There are players with pain again.

“I don’t know how we are going to end the season but we are going to need everyone because we are physically at the limit.

“It’s hard for us to finish the games. But we are here and we are alive.

“We are going to rest well and we are going to see how to do it, how to rest better, and then prepare for Wednesday’s game with Liverpool.

“Nothing’s going to change, a lot is still ahead.

“But you have to enjoy what we did this weekend, because it was two very hard-fought games. We got two good results.”

Share this Article:

Trending Stories

Latest News