Real Madrid – PSG – “It’s only an 8th …”: Karim Benzema, author of a hat-trick, the trivialization of the exceptional

Belly dancing for Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid and his supporters could have forgotten that they already had one of the two best strikers in the world on their roster. On Wednesday, against the Parisian, Karim Benzema remembered what wood he was made of by beating a lot of records, but mainly by knocking over on his own, and yet with the help of Gianluigi Donnarumma, a situation that seemed closed. Like Cristiano Ronaldo in his prime, KB9 drew a magical night of Santiago-Bernabeu intoxication. Reduced in the first leg and misaligned just coming out of an injury that kept him off the field for three weeks, Benzema regained all his feelings of hitting a hat-trick in 16 minutes flat.

First by starting the pressing before closing against an overconfident Donnarumma (62nd), then with a cross after a sacrifice by Modric (76th) and finally on a mistake by Marquinhos after eating Kimpembe in the game (78th) . He could plant his two knees in the lawn: he is indeed the king of Madrid. Vinicius made no mistake in polishing his shoes.

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Real owes everything to its striker. If we have long been talking about the degree of PSG’s reliance on Kylian Mbappe, then the situation is similar to Real where Benzema, with 30 goals in all competitions this season, with Thibaut Courtois, carries a team that is not always convincing in its collective expression.

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Carlo Ancelotti summed up this turn of events well: “When he was injured, we had problems. There he came back and everything is better.“Courtois, he paid a lively tribute to the hero of the evening:”He is one of the best players in the world, the best 9 maybe right now with Lewandowski, the Belgian goalkeeper judged. I think he showed why maybe he should win the Ballon d’Or this year, he’s a great player, he was a real captain, he led the team to victory with his goals and with his class.“With his four Champions League, he didn’t have to break everything this Wednesday to go into Real history. But his recital keeps his legend alive.”

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Mainly because it allowed him to overtake the iconic Alfredo Di Stéfano and climb onto the podium of the top scorers in Real history with 309 achievements in all competitions. Benzema also became the first player in history to score a hat-trick against PSG in a Champions League knockout match and the oldest player to score a hat-trick in C1 at 34 years and 30 days. As if time had no hold on him who never seemed as strong as after he was in his thirties.

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Does this evening take first place in his personal pantheon? †I’m not going to say that, I’ve still won the Champions League and it’s only 8th. It is exceptional from a personal point of view, but it has nothing to do with (the act of winning) the championship leagueIn Madrid, KB9 has simply downplayed the exceptional and this crazy Wednesday night is just another glorious chapter.

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