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Ancelotti explained Benzema's performance after Ronaldo's departure

Wed 11 May 2022 | 10:22

The French striker has became Real Madrid top scorer in last four seasons.

Real Madrid

coach Carlo Ancelotti explained the reasons for

Karim Benzema

's extraordinary performance after

Cristiano Ronaldo

left Real Madrid.

Karim Benzema joined Real Madrid in 2009 and until 2018, when Ronaldo left Real Madrid, he worked hard to assist for Ronaldo played under his shadow. However, after Ronaldo's departure, he became Los Blancos' top scorer and has had an outstanding performance during this period. He is the top scorer in the Champions League this season and is also at the top of the La Liga goalscoring charts. Ancelotti now explains the reasons for the French striker's extraordinary performance after Ronaldo's departure.

“I have difficulty calling Benzema only a centre-forward because he’s a fantastic player that’s playing from the front,"

Ancelotti said.

“He’s not only a top scorer but he also provides assists for his teammates and partakes in the buildup of play. He’s a complete player and for us he’s really important because he scores so many goals. He’s a top, top player and I think he’s the best right now."

He added: 

“It’s the same with [Luka] Modric. It doesn’t seem like he’s 36 because he still has the enthusiasm to play, the professionalism to be at the top all the time. They’re both really important for us.

“I think Karim became a leader of the team when 

[Cristiano] Ronaldo

 left because at that time he had more responsibility.

“Ronaldo was a player that was scoring around 50 goals a season and without him Madrid had more difficulties to score goals. Karim took on this responsibility and became more important for the team. But this squad has a lot of leaders.

“There’s not only Karim but also [Toni] Kroos, Nacho, Marcelo, Modric. All of them are good leaders and this is really important."

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