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Can Benzema break one of Ronaldo’s greatest Champions League records?

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The Frenchman enters this weekend’s Champions League final needing at least three goals against Liverpool to break his former Real Madrid teammate’s record.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 17 goals in a single UEFA Champions League campaign is within Karim Benzema’s sights.

Breaking the record, though, will be a big ask – even for the Real Madrid frontman.

Benzema is on 15 goals in 11 Champions League games for this season. Therefore, he must score three or more goals in Saturday’s final against Liverpool to surpass his former teammate in the UEFA record books.

Benzema focused on team glory

For Benzema, however, the chance of winning the Champions League for a fifth time with Real Madrid will take precedence over Ronaldo’s record.

“Records will always exist, and they are there to be broken,” he told UEFA.com.

“For me, what matters the most is to give it my all on the pitch to help my team win; if I can score or assist goals, that’s important, but the most important thing is to step on the pitch and win the game.”

On his favorite Champions League goal for this season, Benzema added: “They’re all good and important. The most beautiful is maybe the third goal against PSG or the penalty against Manchester City, but the header against Chelsea was good too because it was a beautiful play.”

Most Champions League goals in one season

* Season still ingoing.

SeasonPlayerClubGoals
2013-14Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid17
2015-16Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid16
2017-18Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid15
2019-20Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich15
2021-22*Karim BenzemaReal Madrid15
2011-12Lionel MessiFC Barcelona14
2018-19Lionel MessiFC Barcelona12
2016-17Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2012-13Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid12
2010-11Lionel MessiFC Barcelona12
2002-03Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United12
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