Benzema is not the first to carry the club to the Champions League playoffs like this. There were 5 more similar cases

Pavel Prokhorov

Pavel Prokhorov

The main stars of the playoffs of the Champions League

Cristiano’s statistics are even slightly better. Till.

In almost every Champions League play-off, one of the finalists has a leader in the roster, who drags the team with him throughout all the knockout games. Now hero Karim Benzema, who scored 15 goals in 11 matches in the Champions League (10 in the playoffs) and made two assists. We remember who sparkled so brightly in the previous Champions League playoffs.

Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City, season 2020/2021, 4 + 1 in the playoffs (4 + 2 in total)

A year ago, Manchester City played in the final with Chelsea (0-1) and reached this stage thanks in large part to Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian made an assist in the second leg of the 1/8 finals with Borussia Mönchengladbach (2:0). Then he chalked up an assist (first leg, 2:1) and a goal (second leg, 2:1) against Borussia Dortmund. Well, in the semi-finals, Mahrez, one might say, single-handedly dealt with PSG: he scored the winning goal away (2:1), and put a double at home (2:0). Thus, on his account three of the four goals scored in the match with the Parisians.

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez

Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Josua Kimmich, Bayern, season 2019/2020, 1+4 in the playoffs (total 2+4)

Bayern got to the quarterfinals without scoring the German. Kimmich made one assist in the group stage – but the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final worked for 100%. The midfielder took part in the stunning defeat of Barcelona (8:2): first he made an assist, then scored. In the semi-final with Lyon (3:0), Yosua provided a pass for Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski on the first and third goals respectively, and in the final he assisted Kingsley Coman, who scored the winning and only goal of the meeting with PSG (1:0).

Sadio Mane, Liverpool, season 2017/2018, 7+0 in the playoffs (total 10+1)

That season, Mane turned on in the second round of the group stage when he made an assist in the match against Spartak. At this stage, the Senegalese upset the red-and-whites with a double and scored a goal against Sevilla. But Mane really sold out in the playoffs: in the 1/8 finals, he scored three of five goals in the confrontation with Porto (5:0, 0:0), put an end to the first match with Manchester City in the quarterfinals (3:0), chalked up the winning goal in the semi-final against Roma (plus one more away) and equalized the score in the Kiev final with Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, season 2016/2017, 10 + 2 in the playoffs (total 12 + 6)

Season 2016/2017 Ronaldo spent just phenomenal. In addition to winning the Champions League, the ex-forward of Real Madrid did not make effective actions in only two matches out of 13. At the stage of the 1/8 finals, Cristiano twice assisted his partners in the confrontation with Napoli (3:1, 3:1), and then began to decide on his own – he scored five goals for Bayern in two runs, including the winning one (2:1 , 4:2), left Atlético without a final (buried their chances in the first game, scoring a hat-trick – 3:0) and recorded a double in the final with Juventus (4:1).

Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid

Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Neymar, Barcelona, ​​season 2014/2015, 7+0 in the playoffs (total 10+0)

In Barcelona’s last triumphant season in the Champions League, the blue garnet trio of Neymar-Suarez-Messi ran the attack in the blue garnet. The Brazilian scored three goals in the group stage, but starting from the quarter-finals, he was simply unstoppable. Neymar scored one goal in the first leg against PSG (3:1) and two in the second leg (2:0). In the semi-finals, the Brazilian left Bayern overboard (3:0, 2:3): a goal at home + two away. In the final against Juventus, Neymar sent the third goal into the net in stoppage time (3:1).




Benzema’s confidence is boundless! Didn’t score two penalties, but at the decisive moment gave “panenka”

Karim Benzema, Real Madrid, 2021/2022 season, 10+1 in the playoffs (15+2 in total)

At the group stage, Benzema scored five goals (three for Shakhtar, two for Sheriff). At the start of the playoffs, Real lost to PSG (0:1), but then some kind of Madrid madness began. The Frenchman scored three goals in the second leg (3:1), then the same number – away to Chelsea (3:2) and another at home (2:3). In the first semi-final with Manchester City, Real Madrid lacked a striker’s double (3:4), and in the return he added an assist to the goal (3:1).

Leave a Reply