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How many goals has Karim Benzema scored during his career? Real Madrid superstar's crazy stats in full

12:00 AM GMT+4 30/01/2023
Karim Benzema 2022-23
Karim Benzema has long been regarded as one of the greatest strikers of his generation, but just how many times in total has he found the net?

Karim Benzema has long been regarded as one of the most well-rounded forwards in the game and his recent Ballon d'Or win confirmed his status as one of the greatest of his generation.

He has been a constant presence for Real Madrid for over a decade, but he has not always been the dominant force at the Santiago Bernabeu as he spent a large chunk of his career in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Known for his exceptional work-rate, potent finishing and playmaking, the Frenchman sacrificed his own attacking returns for many seasons to be an amazing provider for the Portuguese star, who garnered all the media attention.

However, since Ronaldo's departure in 2018, Benzema's rise has been a meteoric one. His reputation as one of the world's best operators in European football has risen multi-folds year after year, as has his goal-scoring output.

As they say, he is ageing like a fine wine and if anything he only seems to be getting better with age.

But just how many goals has he scored so far?

Let's take a look.

  • Karim Benzema Real Madrid 2022-23

    How many goals does Karim Benzema have for Real Madrid?

    In 2009, Benzema joined Real Madrid for a transfer fee of €35 million, rising to €41 million based on add-ons.

    However, he had a rough start at his new club as he scored just nine in 33 appearances in his debut season.

    He eventually came good, though, and following Gareth Bale's then-record transfer from Tottenham Hotspur, Bale, Benzema, and Cristiano Ronaldo forged one of Europe's most fearsome attacking trios, dubbed the BBC.

    However, the French star's selfless contributions, work ethic, and ability to creating plays and spaces for others to exploit seemingly went unnoticed at times.

    Now that Ronaldo has left the Santiago Bernabeu, however, Benzema is finally thriving more and getting the spotlight he deserves.

    He is currently second on the all-time scoring list for Madrid and fourth on all-time UEFA Champions League charts, with former team-mate Ronaldo topping both podiums.

    Season

    Games

    Goals

    2022-23

    21

    13

    2021-22

    46

    44

    2020-21

    46

    30

    2019-20

    48

    27

    2018-19

    53

    30

    2017-18

    47

    12

    2016-17

    48

    19

    2015-16

    36

    28

    2014-15

    46

    22

    2013-14

    52

    24

    2012-13

    50

    20

    2011-12

    52

    32

    2010-11

    48

    26

    2009-10

    33

    9

    Total

    626

    336

  • Karim Benzema Lyon 2008

    How many goals did Benzema get for Lyon

    Benzema began his youth career with Bron before joining boyhood club Lyon in 1997. He progressed through the youth ranks and then made his first senior appearance for the French outfit in 2005.

    He assisted Lyon’s second goal and subsequently went on to sign his first professional contract with the club.

    Despite his tender years, Benzema earned a reputation for himself as a lethal finisher from within the box with either foot and his head, despite being typically right-footed.

    Benzema recorded 66 goals in 148 competitive appearances for Lyon and later became one of France's highest-paid players after renewing his contract in 2008.

    During his time at Lyon, he earned himself the Ligue 1 top scorer, French Cup top scorer, several player of the month awards.

    Season

    Games

    Goals

    2008-09

    47

    23

    2007-08

    52

    31

    2006-07

    27

    8

    2005-06

    16

    4

    2004-05

    6

    0

    Total

    148

    66

  • Karim Benzema France October

    Benzema goals for France

    It's safe to say Benzema's international career has been a turbulent one, full of controversy.

    In 2006, before his international career even started, he spoke openly about his desire to play for the Algerian national team, the native country of both of his parents, but would play for France for only sporting reasons.

    In 2015, Noel Le Graet, the president of the FFF, suspended the striker indefinitely from the national team after he was arrested by police for his alleged involvement in blackmailing fellow France international player Mathieu Valbuena.

    He didn't appear for France between 2016-2020 and this absence has tainted his CV. He was called back by Didier Deschamps in 2021

    Since his return, he has been showing what France missed out on and he also helped them win a Nations League trophy.

    Season

    Games

    Goals

    2022

    3

    1

    2021

    13

    9

    2020

    0

    0

    2019

    0

    0

    2018

    0

    0

    2017

    0

    0

    2016

    0

    0

    2015

    4

    2

    2014

    13

    7

    2013

    10

    3

    2012

    12

    2

    2011

    10

    2

    2010

    5

    3

    2009

    8

    3

    2008

    11

    2

    2007

    8

    3

    Total

    97

    37

  • 20221017 Karim Benzema

    Benzema goals in total for club and country

    Benzema could have been forgiven for thinking his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or were dead and buried, with him now into his mid-thirties.

    But the Real Madrid talisman lifted the prestigious trophy on October 17 following a spectacular 2021-22 season with his club as well as a comeback to international football with his country, France.

    In fact, the Frenchman became the oldest winner of the award since 1956, when Englishman Stanley Matthews won the very first edition of Ballon d'Or at the veteran age of 41.

    Benzema hasn't had any long-term devastating injuries in his career, so there's no reason to believe he doesn't have several years left in the tank, and will be vying for his next Ballon d'Or.

    Team

    Games

    Goals

    Real Madrid

    626

    336

    Lyon

    148

    66

    France

    97

    37

    Total

    891

    439