Benzema's Champions League scoring rate now superior to Ronaldo's

Real Madrid's win over Napoli saw Karim Benzema open the scoring for the home side and enhance his extremely impressive Champions League record.

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Benzema's Champions League scoring rate now superior to Ronaldo's
Kiko Huesca EFE

Karim Benzema now has a better Champions League goalscoring rate than his star Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The striker netted a header in Wednesday's 3-1 last-16 first-leg victory over Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu to take his tally in Europe's elite club competition to 51 – the highest of any French player.

Football Soccer - Real Madrid v Napoli - UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 15/2/17 Real Madrid's Karim Benzema scores their first goal

Ronaldo does have a superior total of 95 goals, but his have come at an average of one every 122 minutes, while Benzema has a rate of one every 120.

Only four players in Champions League history have at least 20 goals and a better minutes-per-goal rate than Benzema.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is on top of the list with one every 99 minutes, followed by Mario Gomez (102), Ruud van Nistelrooy (109) and Filippo Inzaghi (119).

While Benzema has scored only five times in 16 LaLiga matches this season, his strike against Napoli was his fifth in only seven Champions league outings.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, is enduring his worst drought in front of goal in the Champions League, having now gone 523 minutes without finding the net in the competition.

Champions League

Table PTS W D L
1B. Dortmund 14 4 2 0
2Real Madrid 12 3 3 0
3Legia 4 1 1 4
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  • Messi10Goals
  • Verratti488Passes
  • Zanka89Steals

*Update 16 de febrero de 2017