Karim Benzema Claims He's Real Madrid Leader With Ronaldo Out

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Karim Benzema has been used to being under fire, as the controversial striker has been involved in a lot of controversy throughout his successful career.

Even so, the Frenchman is finally back at his former self and has thrived under Santiago Solari's tutelage, winning back the confidence from Real Madrid fans as the team's go-to-guy in the middle of the box.

The striker allegedly stated he's happy about Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the team, even though they were close friends during CR7's stint at Santiago Bernabeu.

Truth to be told, with the team playing in favor of the Portuguese, Benzema had to sacrifice himself and play more of a secondary role on offense, being more of a creator rather than a finisher. Now, the veteran forward has embraced a huge role in Real Madrid's offense, even claiming he's the new leader of the team amid Cristiano's departure.

“Before there was a guy who scored more than 50 goals per season and my role was to provide assists. I played to help Cristiano, we formed a good partnership. I was always looking for him with the intention of helping him to score even more goals. Now though, I'm the leader of the attack. It's up to me to make the difference. I'm very happy because now I can play my real football," Benzema told France Football.

The 31-year-old has been at his best despite Madrid's recent struggles, scoring 20 goals across all competitions for Los Blancos so far.