Karim Benzema: Ronaldo’s Madrid Exit Has Placed More Responsibilities On Me

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has confessed there is more pressure on him to deliver goals following the departure of former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo netted 311 times in 275 La Liga appearances for Los Blancos before ending his nine-year stint at the Bernabeu in July with a move to Juventus.

In all competitions, Ronaldo was Real’s top scorer in each of his nine seasons in Madrid but Benzema is leading the way this term, having netted 10 times in 18 outings.

Discussing the need to take responsibility for getting goals, the Frenchman told Real Madrid TV: “A little bit more now that Cristiano has gone; now he’s not here to bring us goals so it’s up to me to do that.

“I feel very motivated and I’m ready to take on the task.”

Benzema is well aware of what is expected at Real as he is in his 10th season with the club and admits the Los Blancos faithfuls are very demanding.

“They always ask me for more. Madrid is the best club in the world. Everyone always wants more from a striker – more goals, more touches, more assists, it’s normal.

“I’m more motivated than ever to make it a great year for us.”

Real Madrid face Eibar away in their next La Liga fixture, whereas in their last meeting Benzema scored twice to give the record champions a 1-2 win.