Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has commented on the famous partnership he shared with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, and seemingly suggested that he was the key to the "BBC" success story.
The French forward was talking to RMC Sport about his time at Real when he opened up about the "BBC" ("Benzema, Bale, Cristiano") strike partnership he shared with Ronaldo, now of Juventus, and Bale.
Benzema, who is now enjoying his10th season with Los Blancos, praised the quality of the pair of superstars with whom he won four Uefa Champions League titles, but also appeared to hint that his role was perhaps the key to their success.
"You had a rocket (Bale) and a goalscorer (Ronaldo), and then there was me, the piece that made it all work," Benzema said.
The 31-year-old also revealed that his role in the Spanish capital differs from the way he played at his former club Olympique Lyon, and that he had to adapt in order to accommodate Ronaldo's goalscoring prowess.
"Here, the finisher was Cristiano. I played a different role," Benzema added.
"I was involved more in the construction of moves and trying to open up spaces. For me, he was the best goalscorer even if he played on the left. I moved away to open up space and let him score."
Benzema has scored 224 goals in 468 appearances for Real so far, and is the club's sixth highest goalscorer of all time.
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