Stats prove that Vinícius Jr. and Karim Benzema form Europe’s best duo

Real Madrid, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr. (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr. (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid have had a very good season so far, especially if you compare it to the previous season, where Los Blancos went trophyless under Zinedine Zidane.

The goals were very hard to come by. Karim Benzema, once again, finished as the top scorer of the team with 30 goals. The second-highest goalscorer behind Benzema were Marco Asensio and Casemiro with 7 goals each.

This season, though, Real Madrid have shunned their goalscoring woes, with Benzema once again at the forefront with 32 goals this season.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men have scored 86 goals in 41 games this season at an average of 2.1 goals per game in comparison to 88 goals scored in 52 games at an average of 1.69 goals per game last season under Zidane.

The duo have been the top two players in La Liga this season. They have 49 goals in all competitions between them this season alone. The number speaks volumes for the sort of impact they have had in the offensive third, and it is quite evident how dependable Real Madrid is on these two to get the job done in the attacking third. The team tends to suffer when the duo have an off day on the field.

Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr. have put an incident in 2020 behind them

As much as we know Benzema to keep doing wonders every week, this has been a magnificently surprising season for Vinícius Jr., who has 17 goals this season already, 2 more than he had in his previous three seasons combined. Not just that, but he has transitioned into a pivotal provider too, registering 14 assists (including penalties won) this season.

Karim Benzema and Vinícius Jr. have developed a frighteningly formidable duo this year. As per a statistic by OptaJose, the French-Brazilian pair have combined for 8 goals in the league this season, more than any other duo in the top five European Leagues.

The duo overtook Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz and Patrick Schick when Karim Benzema set Vinícius Jr. for an easy finish to break the deadlock.

This stat just goes to show the incredible leap that Vinícius Jr. has taken since the beginning of the season. We all remember the infamous incident where Benzema was caught on cameras, telling Ferland Mendy that the ball shouldn’t be passed to him. 

It is extremely satisfying to see the sort of telepathic relationship the two have developed on the pitch this season. Benzema is almost like a mentor to the 21-year old, and his experience and greatness seem to be rubbing off the former Flamengo prodigy.

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Real Madrid can only hope that these two can keep up the form and blow teams away with their charismatic chemistry on the pitch as the season approaches its most testing phase.