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Can Benzema win The Pichichi Award ahead of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi?




Karim Benzema

Lionel Messi has won the Pichichi award for three consecutive seasons now in the Spanish La-Liga, the Barcelona all-time goals scorer still holds a joint Pichichi award with Telmo Zarra, having scooped the award 6 times at Camp now. The Barcelona Striker will hope to scoop the award one more time to become the highest Pichichi award winner. 

The Argentinian forward has scored more than 30 League goals in all the six occasions where he barged the award. Messi who is arguably considered as one of the greatest footballers of this generation, the striker is well known for his scoring abilities both in the League and other UEFA competitions.

Goalscoring has not been prolific in the Spanish League this season, the current top scorer in the Spanish League is Lionel Messi, the forward has scored 14 goals in the League, one above Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema who has 13 league goals this campaign. This season is arguably one of the poor seasons in Spain, unlike other top League in Europe in which their strikers have scored more than 20 league goal this season. 

The Spanish La-Liga has produced a lot of Top Scorers both in Europe and in the Champion League, the League have been ruling European football for more than a decade now, They have been Producing FIFA best players, Champion League top Scorer for more than ten Year. Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the only players scooping the award. This season has not been impressive for the Ballon d’Or winner, the Argentinian forward has been lagging behind in front of goals this season. however, the question that keeps ruminating in the heart of some football fans is“ can Benzema win the Pichichi award ahead of Lionel Messi this season’’?.

Karim Benzema was signed by Real Madrid from Lyon in the year 2009; the France International has scored 240 goals and 133 assists in 496 appearances at Santiago Bernabeu. The former Lyon forward who just surpassed the Portuguese in Real Madrid assists chart with a decisive pass to Lucas Vazquez against Osasuna in the La-Liga Santander. The match ended in Madrid’s favour, beating the Struggling team 4-1.

Karim who is ready to show the world that he is capable of filling the void left by Christiano Ronaldo; the France international has endured a lot of criticism by many football pundits due to his inability to produce a sterling during Ronaldo’ era at the club.

It appears that the Real Madrid striker has been under the shadow of Christiano Ronaldo who has won the Ballon d’Or  5 times, Although the Portuguese is never considered a hero in the team despite winning four Championship League and 4 Ballon d’Or at the capital. His impact was overlooked even though he still remains an all-time goal scorer at Real Madrid despite his controversial move to the Serie A.

Their Champions League loss to Ajax in the round of 16 brought a lot of criticism by many football lovers who believe Real Madrid should have edge through if Ronaldo Real is present in the team, Although the Holland team how their class once again by eliminating Juventus in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the Portuguese still shows his class, scoring Onana twice In the two encounters.

The current Madrid team star is Benzema, the France international is arguably the best player in the squad right now, this is the right time to show his class in the squad.

Beating Lionel Messi for the Pichichi award should be one of his major targets. He has not featured for his country for more than a season now, if he can intensify his scoring, he could be considered by the France manager who is losing hope on Oliver Giroud.

Both Messi and Benzema are currently in a looping in goal drought, they have not score a goal in their 3previous matches in League, but have been prolific in these matches creating assists for other players to score.

Benzema who is under Ronaldo’s pressure will want to show the Madrid fans he can perform better. The only way to prove he can shoulder the Spanish team by scoring more goals. The Real Madrid team will be having a difficult Schedule in March they will be playing Man City, Barcelona and Real Sociedad in their next five fixtures.

Madrid are currently leading Barcelona with a point on the League table, their 3 points above Barcelona was reduced after playing 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo in the League.

The team will solemnly depend on the France international since their summer signing from Chelsea, and Eden Hazard is still struggling to adapt with the pattern of play in the Spanish League.

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