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Karim Benzema proved yet again that he's officially mastered the finesse shot by scoring a trademark worldie against Club America.
The European champions drew 2-2 with the Mexican outfit at Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team.
Club America, who have played against both Chelsea and Manchester City in recent weeks, went 1-0 up through Henry Martin.
But Los Blancos replied through their captain and talisman in stunning style in the 22nd minute.
Benzema played a lovely one-two with Marco Asensio on the edge of the box and when the ball came him back to him, he produced the most glorious curling strike into the bottom corner.
It was absolutely vintage Benzema, who has scored this type of goal on so many occasions. But to fully appreciate the beauty of the effort, you have to watch the alternative angle.
Benzema’s goal from this angle looks INSANE. This guy has the most lethal finesse shot in the world pic.twitter.com/iQYlGM8AY3— WolfRMFC (@WolfRMFC) July 27, 2022
He uses the defender to bend the ball around in exquisite fashion. The spin on the ball is genuinely insane and looked like it was heading wide before it curved in past Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
Benzema!! 🔥 best in the world rn! No one comes close https://t.co/XfUHScE6e8— King (@lifeofwole) July 27, 2022
Shortly after in the first half of his first game back for Real, Benzema went close with another strike after rinsing two players to work the opening himself.
Eden Hazard put Real 2-1 up with a cool penalty early on in the second half, before Alvaro Fidalgo levelled matters with a spot-kick of his own eight minutes from time.
Benzema had the best goalscoring season of his career last term, hitting 44 goals in all competitions as Real won a La Liga and Champions League double.
The 34-year-old came up clutch in Real's 14th European Cup triumph, scoring 15 times in 12 games - including hat-tricks against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the knockout stages.
He's a frontrunner for this year's Ballon d'Or award and teammate Hazard believes he should finally get the recognition he deserves.
Speaking to ESPN, he said: "I think he deserves it. You know, there's no doubt about it.
"But I think he deserves it not just for that season, but for his whole career, you know? It's like he's been at the top for 15 years."