The Titans finally go against each other!
Heavyweights are gathering in the centre of Europe. LaLiga is once again making a buzz, and it is the El Clasico, again. The last time it happened was in 2010 when the Messi-Ronaldo rivalry began. This time this is yet another rivalry between the two famed clubs. Karim Benzema, the crowned king of Madrid will face the scorch of the conquistador Lewandowski. The title is up for grabs as both the clubs are stocked at their finest in recent years. With the El Clasico set to be revived, let’s see what’s on the table.
Benzema’s rise at Real Madrid:
In 2009, a wily French lad joined the esteemed Los Blancos from Lyon. He wasn’t exactly expected to stick around for a long time. It was justifiable. You can’t just waltz into Real Madrid’s starting line-up. Much less when it was populated with the likes of legendary Raul, in-form Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, Guti and Kaka.
Yet, the French wonder-kid steeled himself. He endured the burden of wasting his years when he could have made headlines elsewhere. All that to wear Madrid’s shirt with a ‘9’ on his back. Soon, Raul retired and Higuain left. Cristiano moved to the left wing to redefine himself and challenge his eternal rival, Lionel Messi. Benzema finally got a chance to lead Los Blancos’ attack line. The Frenchman came in knocking. He whipped in a fortune with 28 goals across 44 games in the 2011-12 campaign. Karim Benzema stated, that he was here to stay.
Clock ticked. Carlo Ancelotti came in at Real Madrid’s door in 2014. He brought in Gareth Bale to bolster an already striking attack. Benzema-Bale-Cristiano happened. Carlo Ancelotti won the Madrid it’s much-awaited La Decima. BBC started making a name until they came head-on against a fearsome Barcelona side led by an equally devastating trio of MSN. Blaugrana won the treble in 2015, but what followed later was pure insanity. Zinedine Zidane in his debut managerial stint led a star-studded Real Madrid to a hattrick of UCL wins.
Benzema became the main lead:
Benzema played as a fulcrum to the speed of Bale and the firepower of Ronaldo. Came in 2018 May, and brought the news. CR7 was leaving Spanish Capital for Italian giants Juventus. Madrid suddenly became duller, especially on that certain left-wing. Gareth Bale lost his touch somehow. Madrid was left with the likes of wannabe Brazilian stars in Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo.
Even in this crisis, Madrid’s goal output barely took a hit. All thanks to their striker stepping up, and producing 30 goals in 51 matches, across the competitions. Karim Benzema truly arrived in the world of Football. He kept scoring consistently, while Madrid focused on rebuilding. Down went the swing of time. Karim Benzema brought in the 2021-22 season the best of his career till date. Big Benz banged 44 goals in 46 matches, winning the La Liga and Uefa Champions League with the Whites.
Lewandowski’s reign at Bayern
Lewandowski had a stunning start to his career, making headlines with Dortmund. The Polish machine scored 92 goals in 165 matches for the Black and Yellows. In his four seasons at Die Schwarzgelben, Lewandowski ruled Germany. Such was the dominance of Jürgen Klopp’s side that the big-wigs at Bayern Munich vowed to get him.
They did so as after his contract with Dortmund expired in 2014. Lewandowski switched allegiances to Bayern, a side he has destroyed many times in recent years. Lewandowski, now bearing the crest of the greatest German club, had big shoes to fill.
Guess what? Lewandowski didn’t just do what he did, he created history at Bayern. The Striker amassed a staggering 342 goals in 373 matches for the Bavarians. Robert surpassed Gerd Muller and in the process has possibly become the best #9 Bundesliga would ever see. In the process, he beat his former club and German El Clasico rivals, Dortmund to a UCL title.
The sextuple, Ballon d’Or and Barcelona:
His reign at Bayern is best described by the eight consecutive Bundesliga titles and a rare sextuple, second only to a certain Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. The world has witnessed the ferocity of Bayern Munich, and one has to credit Lewandowski’s role in it. Lewandowski is among the only three strikers to win the Golden Boot in the Messi-Ronaldo era, the other being Luis Suárez and Ciro Immobile.
Words fail to describe Lewandowski’s striking stardom. Even when Benzema was having the best time of his career, Lewandowski outscored him with 50 goals in 45 appearances. His previous season tally was 46 goals in 35 appearances. Stats prove that Robert Lewandowski kicks some real ass out there. Robert has had enough of German delight, after being snubbed by Ballon d’Or twice. The only way he can take his property is to snatch it from the best. He has decided to transfer to El Clásico giants FC Barcelona, in order to realise his dream.
What happens when they meet?
The whole world knows what will happen. It won’t be Captain America vs Iron Man, nor a Batman vs Superman. It is El Clásico, the greatest rivalry in the books of football. What happens when cannon meet another cannon, it is a war! The arena gets heated up. We, The Sportsway, don’t know who’s gonna win, but what we know is sparks are meant to be flying, records are set to be broken and El Clasico is meant to be enjoyed!
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