Karim Benzema at the gates of a historic podium

At 34, the French striker is only one unit behind the Pole Robert Lewandowski (86 achievements against 85) in a ranking dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo (140) just ahead of Lionel Messi (125). Benzema will approach the shock against the Citizens with full confidence, a week after the defeat conceded in Manchester in the first leg (4-3). The former Lyonnais indeed scored his 42nd goal this season with the “White House”, in all competitions, on Saturday against Espanyol Barcelona (4-0), a success which offered a 35th league title to the Madrid club.

Whatever the outcome of the confrontation with Manchester City, the Frenchman is almost certain to finish at the top of the scoring charts for this edition of the C1, since his first pursuer still in contention, the Egyptian from Liverpool Mohamed Salah, is blocked at 8 goals before heading to Villarreal on Tuesday (2-0 for the Reds in the first leg).

Ranking of scorers after the first leg semi-finals:

14 goals: Benzema (Real Madrid)

13 goals: Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

11 goals: Haller (Ajax Amsterdam)

8 goals: Salah (Liverpool)

7 goals: Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

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