Karim Benzema recently hit out at Gary Lineker's criticism of him .

Karim Benzema produced two awful misses vs Las Palmas

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Marco Asensio once again grabbed the limelight as Real Madrid ran out 3-0 winners over Las Palmas.

Serious questions were being asked of Zinedine Zidane's men after their 3-1 humbling by Tottenham in the Champions League.

They remain eight points behind league-leaders Barcelona, but they took a big step towards getting back on form with a resounding victory at the Bernabeu.

Asensio scored an absolute screamer of a half-volley, the 21-year-old's strike sandwiched by goals from Casemiro and Isco.

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to get on the scoresheet again - that's just one goal in seven league games for the four-time Ballon d'Or winner - but you get the feeling it's coming.

The Portuguese is still contributing and laid on an inch-perfect ball to assist Isco.

However, one man who must be starting to feel the heat is Karim Benzema.

In the summer, there were suggestions that Real ought to persevere with Alvaro Morata and begin to phase out the French international.

Two horror misses 

Instead, Zidane decided to keep the veteran forward and sell the former Juve man to Chelsea.

In nine games in all competitions this season, he's chipped in with just one goal. It's fair to say he never looked like adding to that tally against Las Palmas, missing two glaring chances:

During the first incident, he just held onto the ball that moment too long - probably a sign he's lacking confidence.

For the second, he struggled to connect with it at all and then had to look around the box to see where it had ended up.

Madrid fans were not impressed: 

Benzema didn't take kindly to Gary Lineker suggesting he was overrated after the first Champions League game against Spurs.

Lineker vs Benzema 

The BT Sport presenter had tweeted:

Benzema replied to Les Inrockuptibles, per Marca, that he didn't appreciate "criticism from ex-footballers who become journalists, some of who only share their hate".

"They have experienced the same situations but don't have solidarity," he added.

Maybe Lineker's right. Or maybe he's being a tad harsh on a player who's scored over 120 goals for one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Real Madrid v Las Palmas - La Liga

Either way, it certainly hasn't been his season so far.

With just eight months to go until the World Cup in Russia kicks off, there is little sign of Didier Deschamps handing him an international recall either on current form.

Is Benzema still good enough for Madrid? Have your say in the comments. 

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