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Real Madrid Star Karim Benzema 'Is The Best Striker Of His Generation By Far'

Real Madrid Star Karim Benzema 'Is The Best Striker Of His Generation By Far'

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has been hailed as a "very complete" player and the best striker of "his generation by far."

That's according to Ballon d'Or winner Jean-Pierre Papin, who lauded the Frenchman for his "incredible" longevity at Madrid.

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Los Blancos splashed out £32m in 2009 to sign Benzema from Lyon.

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And the 33-year-old French striker has had a trophy-laden playing career at Madrid as he has lifted three La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, two Spanish Super Cups and two Copa del Reys.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has continued to rely on Benzema as his main striker and the former Lyon star has scored 12 times and registered five assists in 18 appearances this season.

Papin has now praised Benzema for not only his goalscoring ability, but also for the way that the Madrid striker finds "his way of participating in the actions of his team."

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The 57-year-old former Marseille striker told L'Equipe: "Karim Benzema is the best of his generation by far, he's very complete.

"I like his finishing, his way of participating in the actions of his team, in their creation. He is not only there to score goals, he is there to bring the offensive animation of his training to life.

"His longevity at Real Madrid is incredible. In such a club, where it is not easy to stay or settle down, he arrived, he imposed himself when he was in competition with very great players."

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Papin also pointed out that Benzema "evolved his style" when he played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Madrid in 2018 to sign for Juventus.

"He evolved his style by putting himself at the service of Cristiano Ronaldo," he explained.

"It may seem simple, but he had the merit of curbing his pure goalscoring ambitions to create harmony with such a star, over time."

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Topics: Los Blancos, Football News, Football, Karim Benzema, Real Madrid, La Liga

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