Karim Benzema is More Than a Striker

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Karim Benzema may be one of the more under-appreciated strikers in the world of football. The Frenchman is firmly ensconced in Ronaldo’s shadow and is seemingly satisfied to play the supporting role to the phenomenal Portuguese International. The question is how much do Real, or perhaps more pertinently Ronaldo, need the French International.

Real Madrid is the place where the best in the world of football want to be showcased. Real Madrid as a football club has endured two Galactico eras when the dazzling stars of world football graced the La Liga with their dancing feet. But not all has gone according to plan for the Spanish giants. Some of their supposed world beaters have turned out to be no- shows, while some have been called over-priced and hence over-rated. But there are a few individuals who have exemplified the Galactico principle, proving to the world that talent and fame can survive in a symbiotic relationship. One of them is none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Very few teams in the world are as dangerous as Real Madrid in counter-attack. The technical and athletic dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale obviously plays a key role, but Real’s counter-attack would not be as effective without Karim Benzema. The French forward is often the playmaker in the “Merengues” counter-attacks, the point of reference who is given the ball after it is recovered.Benzema’s motion allowes Real to get around opposite teams pressing and set up the counter-attack.

The French striker’s play management is textbook playmaker performance. With an oriented control, he moves the ball along the left wing, getting ahead of his direct adversary, then he buys time, drawing in defenders  and opening up space for team mates.

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