Karim Benzema or Luis Suarez? Who is the better player?
The biggest rivalry in the history of football is known for giving us the biggest player rivalries. Real Madrid and Barcelona have produced world-class talents who are often termed ‘rivals’ by fans. The two strikers Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez are loved by their clubs although Suarez moved to Atletico still FC Barcelona fans love him.
The competition still exists as they play in the same league giving remarkable performance day in day out. The French forward Karim Benzema is experiencing a better 2021/22 season while Suarez had far better seasons in the past compared to him.
Who is better between Benzema and Suarez? To find the answer let us compare them based on these criteria.
1: Personal Stats
The two players are known for their prolific goalscoring techniques. Where Luis Suarez who moved from Liverpool to join Barcelona has been great in the past few seasons before his move to Atletico where he still continues to perform and contribute to his team.
Karim Benzema played under the shadows of Cristiano Ronaldo for most of his career. He used to play as a false 9 to generate attacks for the team. Now after the departure of Cristiano the player gets to play as the main attacker of the team and has been the new face of Real Madrid. This new version of Benzema is more lethal and experienced for the defenders of La Liga and finds it easy to score against them.
Player Stats of the 2020/21 Season:
On comparing them based on this table Benzema surely wins as he has more goals and assists compared to Suarez in the previous season.
The overall career stats suggest that Suarez have a better goalscoring record and is miles ahead of Benzema. He also won the golden boot when he used to play with Messi and Neymar in 2015 scoring 40 goals in that season. He has been the top scorer of the Premier League, La Liga and the Eredivisie in his career.
Based on all the above-provided data it is evident that Luis Suarez is better than Karim Benzema when it comes to Personal Statistics.
• 33 games— Laurie (@LFCLaurie) May 9, 2020
• 31 goals
• 12 assists
• Goal contribution every 64 minutes
• Didn’t take a single penalty
• 19 goals in 12 before Christmas
• Golden Boot
• PFA POTY
Luis Suarez’s 2013/14 campaign was the greatest in Premier League history.
No debate needed. pic.twitter.com/pLaJ8MYVsV
The Uruguayan striker became a serial winner after his move to FC Barcelona where he won 12 titles including a Champions League title. In his career, he won a total of 18 trophies in his career for club football.
In the house of Benzema, his trophy cabinet is much bigger than that of Suarez. He won 28 titles for clubs in his career. The player won 4 Champions League titles, 2 La Liga, 4 Ligue 1, 4 CWC and many other titles. Despite being a year younger than Suarez he started winning trophies with Olympique Lyon and was a star player for them.
Karim Benzema is clear of many other strikers including Luis Suarez in terms of titles won. Benzema wins in this category.
3: International Career
Karim Benzema got banned from the National Team of France for his involvement in a scandal. Despite being their player of the season thrice he was given this huge punishment. He was a big part of this team even before the addition of Antoinne Griezmann but unfortunately, he did not get to play for his country till 2021. In a span of months, he won the UEFA Nations League making the French people fall in love with him again. In his early days, he won the Euro U-17 with France and was the striking force of that team.
The Uruguayan team is incomplete without Luis Suarez. Country comes first to Suarez and that is clearly reflected on the field. On one occasion during the World Cup he saved the ball in his court with his hands to stop the goal, it is one of the most famous moments in the history of that World Cup. Suarez won the Copa America back in 2011 when he was quite young.
It is difficult to decide the winner in this category as both these players have contributed enough for their country. In a short amount of time, Benzema has come back to help his country while Suarez has already helped Uruguay to the best of his abilities.
The Uruguayan Suarez gets a close win over Benzema.
Luis Suárez has scored in every major tournament he has played in for Uruguay.— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayHeroes) June 22, 2021
- 2010 World Cup: 3 goals in 6 apps
- 2011 Copa América: 4 goals in 6
- 2014 World Cup: 2 goals in 2
- 2018 World Cup: 2 goals in 5
- 2019 Copa América: 2 goals in 4
- 2021 Copa América: 1 goal in 2* pic.twitter.com/QsQMrqqxvd
4: Individual Titles
The players make victories easy for their teams are often rewarded for their contributions. Benzema and Suarez have had their fair share of titles with their name on them. These two has been in the top 3 strikers list in the last decade and that won them many honours.
Individual Honours Of Karim Benzema
Bravo Award: 2008
Ligue 1 top scorer: 2007–08
UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year: 2007–08
UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2007–08
Étoile d’Or: 2007–08
UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2020–21
UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2011–12
French Player of the Year: 2011, 2012, 2014
UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2019–20
Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano: 2019–20
MARCA’s Best Player in 2019–20
L’Équipe’s team of the year: 2020
Onze d’Or: 2020–21
ESM Team of the Year: 2020–21
UEFA European Championship Bronze Boot: 2020
UEFA Nations League Finals Bronze Boot: 2021
UEFA Nations League Finals Goal of the Tournaments: 2021
Individual Honours Of Luis Suarez
Ajax Player of the Year: 2008–09, 2009–10
Dutch Footballer of the Year: 2009–10
Eredivisie Golden Boot: 2009–10
IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Goalscorer: 2010, 2014, 2016
Copa América Best Player: 2011
Copa América Team Of The Tournament: 2011
PFA Team of the Year: 2012–13 Premier League, 2013–14 Premier League
Liverpool Player of the Season: 2012–13, 2013–14
Premier League Player of the Month: December 2013, March 2014
Liverpool Players’ Player of the Season: 2013–14
PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2013–14
FWA Footballer of the Year: 2013–14
Premier League Player of the Season: 2013–14
Premier League Golden Boot: 2013–14
European Golden Shoe: 2013–14, 2015–16
Trofeo EFE: 2014–15
UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2014–15, 2015–16
ESM Team of the Year: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2015
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Boot: 2015
FIFA Club World Cup MVP of the Final Match Trophy: 2015
La Liga Pichichi Trophy: 2015–16
Copa del Rey top scorer: 2015–16
La Liga World Player of the Year: 2015–16
UEFA La Liga Team of The Season: 2015–16, 2016–17
FIFA FIFPro World11: 2016
Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano: 2020-21
The Atletico striker Luis Suarez is the clear winner of this category with many titles in his name.
Is Karim Benzema better than Luis Suarez?
The debate has been up for years with no definite answers as there’s always room for improvement. The statistics suggest that Luis Suarez has been great in the past compared to Benzema but with age taking over him he is finding it difficult to play in the same old style.
The Real Madrid striker survived a number of managers and it is a big achievement to stay for this long at a club like Madrid. He is versatile and shapes according to the plans of his managers which helped him manage his position in La Liga. Karim has been improving his game with time and now he is the best striker of La Liga in 2021.
On the basis of all the above-stated figures and discussion, we can conclude that Luis Suarez is better than Benzema if we consider his overall career and individual records. The French forward Karim can change this in future as he has been in better form and is surpassing his records in La Liga.
In some years Karim Benzema may actually get better than Suarez. As for now, Suarez is the winner.
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