Lineker: Real Madrid's Benzema is not a 'great' footballer

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Karim Benzema is a decent striker but not a great, says Gary Lineker.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker was critical of Karim Benzema's performance as Real Madrid played a cagey Champions League quarter-final first leg with Atletico Madrid.

The Frenchman is seen by French international boss Didier Deschamps as first choice over Arsenal's in form Olivier Giroud, but like the Gunners ace, many are reluctant to buy into labelling him world class.

Lineker was unimpressed with his display against Atletico, using Twitter to categorically state his view that the Real Madrid striker is not at the same level as those who have previously led the line for the club.


Benzema was substituted soon after during the 0-0 draw, with all to play for in the second leg between the two La Liga rivals. He had just one shot during the game, which ended up missing the target.

The 27-year-old came into the game with six goals in six Champions League starts this season, although his league record in Spain of 15 strikes in 28 appearances is more modest. Not terrible, but as Lineker states, not great either.

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