One of the legends of French football, Jean-Pierre Papin paid tribute to Real Madrid player, Karim Benzema. According to him, the former Lyon is the best striker of his generation.
Previously, it was necessary to know that Karim Benzema himself started his career with one of the French Ligue 1 giants, Olympique Lyon. He then attracted the interest of many top European clubs thanks to his good performance with the club.
After considering many offers, in the end Benzema proposed to Real Madrid, and joined in 2009. The player then helped Los Blancos win many titles, including four European Champions League trophies.
However, he spent the majority of his time at Real Madrid as a ‘waiter’ for Cristiano Ronaldo.
But since the Portuguese mega star left for Juventus in 2018, Benzema is believed to be the spearhead of Los Blancos and has not appeared to disappoint even though he is no longer young, 33 years old.
Well, this fact is what makes Jean-Pierre Papin feel impressed with Benzema. He did not even hesitate to call Benzema the best striker of his generation.
“Karim Benzema is the best of his generation so far, he is very complete. I love the finish, the way it participates in the team’s actions, in their creations. ”
“He’s not just there to score goals, he’s there to bring the offensive animation to life of his training,” he told L’Equipe.
Furthermore, Pierre-Papin also emphasized that it is not easy for a player who is 33 years old to survive and become a mainstay at a club as big as Real Madrid.
“His long life at Real Madrid is extraordinary. In a club like that, where it is not easy to stay or stay, he comes, he pushes himself when he competes with really great players,” said Papin.
It is undeniable that since Cristiano Ronaldo chose to leave Juventus, Benzema seemed to take over the ‘stage’ of the stars in the Los Blancos squad.
Since joining in 2009 until now, Benzema has scored 531 appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions with 261 goals and 140 assists.