I think we can all agree that Benzema has not lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he first game to Real Madrid. To be fair to Benzema he has scored a consistent number of goals since his arrival from Lyon to Real Madrid.
Even when he is not playing well, he helps out his teammates by creating opportunities for them with one touch passing. His skill at dragging defenders with him is good.
But is Benzema the best striker in the world? Not by a long shot.
Why? I think the one main reason is his fitness. That is the way sports work now. In any sport you look, usually the fittest player is the best player. Ronaldo and Messi are so far ahead of the pack because they are so ahead of the pack physically. That allows them to do things other can’t and for a longer period of time than others.
Benzema has been going downhill physically speaking since his arrival to Real Madrid. He does not have the pace neither the sharpness that he used to have at Lyon.
This is really a no brainer. Benzema just needs to run a bit hard in training. That will allow him to think with a more relaxed mind while he is on the pitch and most of the time that gives you a huge advantage over the others.
What do you guys think? Is fitness the single most important reason why Benzema has been unable to meet the standards of Real Madrid? Why Ibrahimovic, Neymar, Suarez and Aguero considered more lethal than Benzema?
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