By tying Marcelo’s record-breaking trophy haul for Real Madrid, Karim Benzema furthers his legend

The French striker won his 25th championship with Los Blancos by leading his team to the 2022–23 Copa del Rey victory

(Football news) Karim Benzema has furthered his legacy by winning yet another trophy while donning the white shirt. He is already destined to become one of Real Madrid’s all-time greats. Since his 2009 arrival at the Bernabéu, Benzema has won 25 club championships, including this season’s Copa del Rey.

That is a joint record for the club, as Benzema has now tied Marcelo, another former colleague, for the most medals with 25. Benzema has won LaLiga Santander four times, the Champions League five times, the Club World Cup five times, the UEFA Super Cup four times, the Spanish Super Cup four times, and now the Copa del Rey three times, according to a breakdown of his 25 victories.

The success of this year’s Copa del Rey was mainly dependent on Benzema. He scored significant goals along the way, including an extra-time goal against Atlético de Madrid in the quarterfinals and a hat-trick against FC Barcelona in the second leg of the semifinals at the Spotify Camp Nou, even though he was held without a goal in the 2-1 victory over CA Osasuna on Saturday. 

After winning the 2022 Ballon d’Or, Benzema is demonstrating week after week in LaLiga Santander that he is one of the greatest finishers of all time. If he keeps scoring, Benzema, who has 17 goals in 21 league games this season, might potentially retain his Pichichi title.

The 35-year-old had the distinction of receiving the Copa del Rey individually because he is currently the team captain at the Bernabéu. He is demonstrating that he is the ideal team captain, providing wisdom while also relating superbly to the many young players on the Los Blancos roster, including Saturday’s two-goal hero Rodrygo.

Following Saturday’s triumph in the Copa del Rey final, Benzema was given a unique Real Madrid jersey with the number 25 on the back. He was praised by Carlo Ancelotti, his coach, and teammates at the same moment.

“It is an honour to present this to you, you’re the best,” Ancelotti told Benzema as he handed over the commemorative jersey.

Since his very first championship with Real Madrid, which he won in 2011, was also a Copa del Rey, the experienced striker found winning the Copa del Rey to be especially meaningful. Since then, Benzema has continued to amass victories. In addition to his 25 titles with Real Madrid, Benzema has also won seven trophies during his time with Lyon and one UEFA Nations League with the French national team. With the possibility of many more, his career now includes 33 senior level titles.


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