Karim Benzema passes Raúl, chasing Ronaldo for Real Madrid record
The French striker keeps on climbing in the all-time charts and a new milestone was reached against Elche on Wednesday.
There appears to be no stopping Real Madrid’s number nine. Karim Benzema scored twice against Elche -- in minute 30 and 45, both from the penalty spot -- and with that made more history.
The first goal was enough to pass the number of LaLiga goals scored by Los Blancos legend Raúl González, and the second put him on 230. That leaves the French hitman second on the list of the capital club’s scorers, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo... but it should be said, a significant distance behind.
As well as going second in Madrid’s history books, Benzema almost moved into 5th on the all-time scorers in the Spanish top flight.
Ahead of him are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Telmo Zarra and Hugo Sánchez.
Real Madrid all-time scorers: any competitions
Over the years, Los Blancos have been home to some of the greatest goalscorers in football history. Cristiano Ronaldo is the club’s all-time top scorer with an incredible 450 goals in just 438 appearances across all competitions. The Portuguese forward joined Real Madrid in 2009 from Manchester United and went on to become a club legend. During his time at the Bernabéu, Ronaldo won four Champions League titles, two LaLiga titles, and numerous individual awards, including four Ballon d’Or trophies. Ronaldo’s ability to score goals from all angles and distances, as well as his incredible work ethic and leadership, made him one of the greatest players to ever grace the football pitch.
Second on the list is another Real Madrid legend, Raul Gonzalez, who scored 323 goals in 741 appearances for the club. Raul spent 16 seasons at Real Madrid and was a key player in the club’s success during the early 2000s. The Spanish forward won three Champions League titles and six LaLiga titles during his time at Real Madrid, and his ability to score crucial goals in big games made him a fan favorite.
Third on the list is Alfredo Di Stefano, who scored 308 goals in 396 appearances for Real Madrid. Di Stefano played for Madrid in the 1950s and 1960s and was a key player in the club’s success during that period. The Argentine forward won five consecutive European Cups and eight LaLiga titles during his time at Real Madrid, and his ability to score goals with both feet and his head made him one of the most complete players of his era.
Fourth on the list is Ferenc Puskas, who scored 242 goals in 262 appearances. Puskas played for Los Blancos in the 1950s and 1960s and was another key player in the club’s success during that period. The Hungarian forward won three European Cups and five LaLiga titles during his time at the Bernabéu, and his ability to score goals with both power and precision made him one of the greatest goalscorers of all time.
Next comes Benzema...