Karim Benzema admits that records are “there to be broken” as a Real Madrid star of the present seeks to snatch one away from a Blancos icon of the past on a Champions League stage.
A Portuguese legend re-wrote the history books on a regular basis during his time at Santiago Bernabeu, but a France international striker has one of those entries in his sights.
The France international striker has been in stunning form for the Blancos this season and could re-write the history books in another major final.
Benzema has been a revelation for Real this season, netting 44 goals across all competitions, and knows that another European hat-trick in a final date with Liverpool on May 28 will see him better Ronaldo’s previous best return from a single continental campaign.
“For me, what matters the most is to give it my all on the pitch to help my team win; if I can score or assist goals, that’s important, but the most important thing is to step on the pitch and win the game.
“My favourite goal this season? They’re all good and important.
The most beautiful is maybe the third goal against PSG or the penalty against Manchester City, but the header against Chelsea was good too because it was beautiful play.”
While seeking to emulate Ronaldo on the Champions League goals front, Benzema also has an opportunity to match the European medal collection of a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
The Frenchman has conquered the continent on four previous occasions, with an outing against Liverpool presenting him with an opportunity to draw level with some illustrious names on five triumphs.