The French legend praised a man who “won” from the start of his career at the Santiago Bernabeu
Jean-Pierre Papin greeted real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as the “best of his generation”.
Benzema has enjoyed unprecedented success at the highest level since arriving in Madrid for € 35m (£ 32m / $ 43m) from Lyon in 2009.
12 of Benzema’s goals have been recorded this season as he leads the line for Zinedine Zidane once again at national and European levels.
His latest strike closed a 2-0 home win over Granada on December 23, which brought Madrid into the level of the winter break in points with current leaders in La Liga. Atletico Madrid, despite having played two more games.
Papin believes Benzema is second to none in the modern era in terms of prowess in the final third and has been extremely impressed with how the 33-year-old has been able to maintain his superb form at the Santiago Bernabeu over the last eleven and one. . – half-seasons.
“Karim Benzema is by far the best of his generation, he is very complete”, France international says The team. “I like his finish, his way of participating in the actions of his team, in their creation. He’s not just there to score goals, he’s there to bring the offensive animation to life in his training.
“His longevity at Real Madrid is incredible. In such a club, where it is not easy to stay or settle down, he arrived, he imposed himself when he was in competition with very great players . “
Papin says Benzema is now a different player than the one who played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, who left Madrid to join Juventus in a big deal in 2018.
“He has evolved his style by putting himself at the service of Cristiano Ronaldo,” he added. “It may sound simple, but he has had the merit of curbing his pure goal ambitions to create harmony with such a star, over time.”
Benzema will again be in contention for a place in Zidane’s starting lineup when Madrid resume their campaign at Elche on Wednesday night.