Together, they are part of a side that strikes fear into the hearts of defenders.
But this weekend Real Madrid teammates Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo prepare to duel for their national sides.
France host Portugal in a friendly but it gives Benzema an opportunity to step out of Ronaldo’s shadow and gun down spotlight-hogging teammate.
Admittedly, Ronaldo is hogging the spotlight with good reason having started the season in astonishing fashion, lashing in three hat-tricks in his last four games. In fact, he’ll have the most hat-tricks in La Liga history if he nets just one more.
The 26-year-old has been the subject of criticism this season, but was recently described by Ronaldo as La Liga’s best and one of the world’s top strikers.
Benzema spoke about his club colleague ahead of the match, saying that it’s pointless comparing him to Lionel Messi as the two have differing playing styles.
“I can’t compare Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi,“ Benzema said.
“They don’t have the same playing style. Both are great players. They are among the best players in the world.
“In my case, I have to keep working and improve my statistics and then win titles, quite simply; collective and individual awards.”
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