Spanish press hit back after Gary Lineker calls Karim Benzema 'overrated'


Now that rumours are starting to re-emerge about Real Madrid wanting to sign Harry Kane next summer, the question that must be asked is: is he better than Karim Benzema?

Benzema is widely regarded as a world-class striker and boasts an impressive goalscoring record since joining Los Blancos in 2009.

But he has his weaknesses and finishing is actually one of them.

Against Spurs at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, for example, Benzema had a golden opportunity to put Real ahead but completely fluffed his lines.

His point-blank header was miraculously saved by Hugo Lloris - it was straight at him - when it ought to have found the back of the net.

Benzema's miss meant Real were forced to settle for a point, although they remain top of Group H in the Champions League.

It also summed up the Frenchman's poor goalscoring form this season, having scored just once in four La Liga games.

As for Kane, who is five years Benzema's junior at 24-years-old, he's scored 11 goals in as many games, not to mention five in World Cup qualifying for England.

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Kane has been nigh-on unstoppable for Spurs and some believe he's the world's best striker at the moment.

So, back to the original question: is he better than Benzema? One person who thinks so if Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker.

Lineker caused a bit of a stir on Tuesday when he labelled Benzema as "a tad overrated" and "decent, not great" during the Real-Tottenham game.

He wrote: "Is it me or is Benzema a tad overrated? A goal every other game in a team as strong as Real Madrid is nada especial. Decent not great."

Football fans were entirely split over Lineker's claim and now the Spanish press have hit out at the former striker in Benzema's defence.


Speaking on El Chiringuito TV (see below), ex-Chelsea midfielder Quique de Lucas completely dismissed Lineker's opinion and said Benzema is better than Kane.

"I know where [Lineker] is going with that," said De Lucas. "He wants to defend Harry Kane, with people now putting him up at Benzema's level, but you must win that status.

"For me Benzema today is a better player than Harry Kane."

AS then waded into the debate by digging up some dirt on Lineker: his goalscoring record at Barcelona during the 1980s.

Lineker scored 48 goals in 128 games for the Blaugrana at a ratio of 0.37 per game, which AS similarly described as "nada special". Something tells me this isn't over.

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