​Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been a subject of criticism from fans and football pundits in the past for not being prolific enough in front of goal in the past. 

With Cristiano Ronaldo leaving for Juventus in the summer, the onus was on the Frenchman to take up the goalscoring mantle and he has lived up to the billing so far.

The 31-year-old who has scored five goals in his last three games, has now netted 17 in total this season which is the same number that Ronaldo has to his name for his new club. 

In fact, Benzema has actually improved following the departure of the Portuguese, as at the same stage last season, he had only six goals to his name compared to Ronaldo, who had scored 20 times.

An interesting stat shows that all of Benzema’s 17 goals have come from inside the box and in the process has leapfrogged Hugo Sanchez to become the sixth highest goal-scorer of all time for Real Madrid with 209 goals.

Only Lionel Messi with 27 goals has scored more than him this season, with the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann trailing him by one goal in the goalscoring stakes.

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