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Benzema Equals Messi Record

After finding the back of the net in Real Madrid's emphatic 6-0 win in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, Karim Benzema equalled a goalscoring streak set by FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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The Frenchman struck twice in Los Blancos' drubbing of Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night, bringing up his eighth and ninth goals, in all competitions, of the 2019/20 campaign.

Benzema's first goal also ensured that he has now scored in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons, a run only Messi has previously achieved.

The 31-year-old has now been on target in 62 matches in Europe's elite club competition, making him the fourth best scorer in the history of the tournament.

Manager Zinedine Zidane was full of praise for the forward after the game on Wednesday, saying he has matured greatly since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure last year.

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"His numbers speak for themselves," he said, according to Marca.

"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."

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