Karim Benzema breaks scoring record held by Cristiano Ronaldo in final Real Madrid appearance, fans give him standing ovation; Watch
In his final game as a Real Madrid player, Karim Benzema rose to the occasion and scored a penalty to end his time at Santiago Bernabéu on an unforgettable note. Benzema ran towards the corner flag and was embraced by his teammates after sending the Athletic Club Bilbao goalkeeper the other way from a 12-yard distance. He was later substituted as he left the pitch to a standing ovation from fans.
Real Madrid was able to tie the score thanks to Benzema’s goal in the 72nd minute of the game, which ultimately resulted in a 1-1 draw.
After 14 successful seasons in the Spanish capital, Benzema’s journey came to an end. During that time, he assisted Real Madrid in winning a record 25 trophies, including 5 Champions Leagues, 5 Club World Cups and 4 Spanish leagues. He made a total of 648 appearances for the club, which ranks 6th all-time and scored 354 goals overall, which ranks second all-time.
Furthermore, Benzema’s final game saw him surpass Cristiano Ronaldo’s record against Bilbao. With his successful penalty kick, Benzema raised his goal total against Bilbao to 18, making him the La Liga player with the most goals against the team.
Ronaldo had the previous record of 17 goals in 9 seasons at Real Madrid before leaving for Turin to join Juventus.