Real Madrid Could break Roberto Carlos’ record
Karim Benzema against Levante
Karim Benzema has already played 517 matches for Real Madrid and he needs another 10 ten to match Roberto Carlos’ record of the foreigner with the most games played in the history of the club.
The Frenchman has just kickstarted his 12th season at Los Blancos whom he has represented since 2009 when he arrived from Lyon.
Benzema, who netted his 250th goal as a Real Madrid player against Levante, has been spectacular in his last two seasons.
In 2018/19, he scored 30 times, which is his second-best tally after the 32 goals he managed in 2011/12.
Last year, he netted 27 in 48 games, assisting Real Madrid’s efforts to win the LaLiga Santander title.
Under Zinedine Zidane he has become an undisputed starter upfront, paying back his coach’s confidence with his displays on the pitch.
In fact, he has missed just five games in the last two seasons due to injuries or rotation.
Although Marcelo had a clear advantage to become the player to break Roberto Carlos’ record, the Brazil international has lost prominence in the last two seasons.
If there are no setbacks, Benzema will break the record in Real Madrid’s game against Alaves at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano in the last weekend of November.
Meanwhile, Marcelo has dropped down Zidane’s pecking order following the arrival of Ferland Mendy.
Despite not featuring regularly, he has registered 510 games as a Real Madrid player although he has played three more seasons than Benzema at the LaLiga Santander champions.
The record that both Benzema and Marcelo may struggle to beat is that of the player with the most matches disputed in the history of the club.
Raul Gonzalez tops the list with 741 duels, while current Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is fourth with 654 games.