Benzema is the main focal point of the Madrid attack this season (Picture: Getty)Karim Benzema is relishing his new role at Real Madrid following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, stating he can finally play his “true” football with him no longer at the club.
Benzema and Ronaldo join Los Blancos at the same time back in 2009, and they were both part of a huge squad revamp just before the 2009/10 season.
During their nine years playing together, they racked up 642 goals. However, 450 of those came via the Portuguese talisman.
Ronaldo left the Bernabeu club for Juventus in the summer and passed more of the goalscoring responsibility back onto the Frenchman, which is something he’s been happy about ever since.
‘Before, there was a guy who scored more than 50 goals a season and I was in a role of provider,’ Benzema told France Football.
‘I played geared to Cristiano. We formed a good duo. I looked for him continually with the objective to help him score even more goals.
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‘Now, I am the leader of the attack. It is up to me to make the difference. I am very happy because I can play my true football.’
Benzema has 20 goals already this season, which is already better than his last tally for the last two seasons in a Madrid shirt.
His best goalscoring season was back in 2011/12 where he hit the net 32 times in a total of 52 games.
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