Real Madrid Praised the Frenchman and Rodrygo
Zinedine Zidane believes Karim Benzema ranks alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in the history of Real Madrid.
The French striker scored twice in Los Blancos’ 6-0 thrashing of Galatasaray on Wednesday to reach the 50-goal mark for the club in the Champions League.
“His numbers speak for themselves,” Zidane said of his compatriot.
“Those that like football know he’s a quality player.
“He’s important for the team, for attacking… he does it very well.
“The only thing that’s changed since Cristiano Ronaldo [left for Juventus] is that Karim is more mature.
“He’s a father and well… many things have happened lately which are reflected on the pitch.”
“I’m very happy for Karim.
“It’s true that he’s overtaken a legend of this club like Alfredo di Stefano [by scoring his 50th European Cup goal].
“He’s now like Cristiano Ronaldo in the history of this club.
“He’s doing something amazing and we simply have to enjoy it and make the most of it.”
Zidane‘s faith in Rodrygo Goes is paying off, with the Brazilian teenager scoring a hat-trick at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
“Rodrygo is 18 years old and, each time he has the opportunity to play, he makes the most of it,” Zidane said.
“He contributes in attack and defence.
“He works a lot and he does things well.
“In every sense, we have to stay calm and not put pressure on him.
“He’s had a chance to play and he’s done well.
“He’s involved, he’s happy and his game is a joy to watch.”