CRISTIANO RONALDO should thank Karim Benzema for his success at Real Madrid, claimed Antonio Cassano.
The Manchester United star was a massive hit at the Bernabeu scoring 450 goals in 438 games for Los Blancos.
Cristiano Ronaldo should be thankful every day he played with Karim Benzema, says Antonio Cassano[/caption]
But he was just one part of the famous BBC trio – alongside Benzema and Gareth Bale.
Benzema was often overlooked next to the superstar pair but played a big role in their success, producing 47 assists for Ronaldo.
Because of that former Real player Cassano feels Ronaldo is in debt to Benzema and suggested the Manchester United star should thank him every day.
He told Bobo TV, via Area Napoli: “Cristiano Ronaldo has to pray in the morning and say, ‘Thank you, Benzema, that you played with me’.
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“Ronaldo scores and will always score, but he’s a different player; Benzema is a goalscoring centre forward. But he’s also (Zinedine) Zidane, he’s a (number) nine, ten and a nine and a half.
“In football, there are not only titles and goals, (Zinedine) Zidane scored few goals, but he is one of the greatest in history, (Juan Roman) Riquelme too.
“Goals are useful, titles are useful, but they are not the fundamental things.
Benzema is now shining in the absence of Ronaldo and Bale with the latter making just x appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this term.
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Benzema, meanwhile, has scored 37 goals and produced 13 assists this season – he also has back-to-back Champions League hat-tricks against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.
In doing so he has set a new record for most goals in a single Champions League campaign by a Frenchman.
Such is Benzema’s impressive form Rio Ferdinand has tipped him to win the Ballon d’Or this year.
He said: “He is phenomenal, he is impacting the game in so many different areas, not just goals, assists, link-up play and slowing the game down.
“That sounds like a playmaker, but that’s a No9 that has scored 37 goals.”