The Madrid star has been in remarkable form in the tournament over the last decade – can he now be considered Europe’s best penalty box striker?
With 40 goals in 67 games in the competition, the Champions League has been very kind to Karim Benzema.
The France striker had a great record in Europe’s premier club tournament with Lyon, but has built on that momentum in the last six years with Real Madrid.
Benzema netted five in 11 appearances in last year’s edition as his side claimed their 10th European title, but he looks set to improve on that return this term. He has scored four goals in just three appearances – taking just eight shots to do so.
In this Champions League season so far, only Luiz Adriano has scored more – having found the net six times – but five of those came in the 7-0 trouncing of BATE on matchday three.
Lining up alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale, Isco, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, the 26-year-old has incredible service and has so far taken full advantage of it. He has already scored five and set up five in just eight league games as well, maintaining a strong conversion rate of 33 per cent in the domestic charts.
So is Benzema currently the best penalty-box striker in the Champions League? Goal wants to know what you think.
Have your say in the poll below. Please note that only No.9s are considered and not second strikers or outside attackers like Ronaldo and Messi!