'Benzema more complete than Henry'

LaLiga

With Karim Benzema having guided Real Madrid to their first LaLiga crown since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, the former France international has now been labelled as a more complete player than countryman Thierry Henry.

Following Ronaldo's exit for Juventus in 2018, Benzema has assumed the responsibility of being Los Blancos' attacking outlet, and he stepped up as the club's star player during the 2019/20 LaLiga campaign, netting 21 times for the season.

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The 31-year-old's exploits helped Real beat rivals FC Barcelona to a record-extending 34th league title, and earned him high praise from former Olympique Lyon and France teammate Sidney Govou.

"I think he has largely the level of Thierry (Henry)," Govou told L'Equipe. "Thierry really impressed me because he was not only a fast player but he had the ball.

"But Karim is more complete. He also has a kind of presence because he is smaller and less athletic. Karim has always been a top player. If you love football, it's impossible not to love him.

Scroll through the gallery below to see where Benzema ranks among Real Madrid's all-time leading goalscorers

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"I'm not surprised [by his form this season]. I always thought he was one of the best European strikers. He had small difficulties at the start at Real because he had to win. But he has taken on an incredible dimension over the years. 

"And a little more after the departure of [Cristiano] Ronaldo. He has new responsibilities, he's a real leader."

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