'Benzema the best of his generation'

English Premier League

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has been lauded as the best striker of his generation by a former Ballon d'Or winner.

The French striker formed part of the famous 'BBC' attack with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who helped the club win four UEFA Champions League titles in five seasons.

Benzema is now on his own at Los Blancos and continues to get better after bagging 12 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions this campaign.

Former France international Jean-Pierre Papin had some high praise for the 33-year-old, who has netted 261 goals in 531 appearances for Madrid outfit.

“Karim Benzema is the best of his generation by far, he's very complete," Papin told L'Equipe.

"I like his finishing, his way of participating in the actions of his team, in their creation. He is not only there to score goals, he is there to bring the offensive animation of his training to life.

"His longevity at Real Madrid is incredible. In such a club, where it is not easy to stay or settle down, he arrived, he imposed himself when he was in competition with very great players."

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