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Karim Benzema enters Champions League record goalscorers elite

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Despite some fans wanting to see him dropped, Karim Benzema is now the 10th highest goalscorer in Champions League history. 

His goal in Real Madrid's 3-4 defeat to Schalke at the Bernabeu on Tuesday was his 41st in European competitions in 70 appearances.

He is still 34 goals behind record goalscorer Lionel Messi and 32 behind his teammate and Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Goals-per-game

Benzema is, however, behind only this illustrious duo and former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy in terms of goals-per-game ration, with an impressive 0.59. This is better than the likes of Raul, Thierry Henry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The France international is now likely to have an eye on current AC Milan manager Fillipo Inzaghi's haul of 46 goals, a feat he is likely to surpass with the amount of chances Madrid provide.

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Problems in Madrid

Yet there is discontent in the ranks of the Madrid faithful. They are winless in three games, losing twice in the process. After a 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao last Saturday, a poll conducted by Spanish newspaper AS showed that 21.7 percent would like to see the Frenchman placed on the bench. 

46.1 percent of readers want to see world record signing Gareth Bale taken out of the team whilst 32.2 percent believe dropping Ronaldo would be the right decision. All three played on Tuesday, as Madrid scraped through to the quarter finals of the Champions League 5-4 on aggregate, with Ronaldo scoring twice.

Speculation

Benzema joined Madrid from Lyon in the summer of 2009 for a fee in the region of €35 million. He has had a successful time at the club, scoring 85 goals in 183 appearances, winning La Liga in 2011 and the 2014 Champions League. 

But reports have surfaced in the week stating that Madrid are prepared to listen to offers for the 27-year-old in the summer. Liverpool have been linked with the striker ever since the departure of Luis Suarez, and it would be quite a coup if Brendan Rodgers can bring him to Anfield.

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Lionel Messi
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