In the fourteenth minute of the match, Shakhtar Donetsk tried to play the ball out from the back, but Trubin played Marlon Santos into trouble, and Vinicius Junior was on hand to snatch the ball away from them before teeing up Karim Benzema, who adjusted his feet before tapping into an empty net and with that strike, one of the best strikers in the world had registered his name in the history.

Benzema had scored the one-thousandth goal for Real Madrid in the Champions League and it was no surprise that such a milestone should be scored by someone who is carrying the hopes of Los Blancos on his shoulders right now.

The Ukrainian side equalized, but Benzema stepped up again after an hour to ensure full points for the Royal Whites.

It was a sheer class from Benzema and the build-up play was brilliant. One-touch football galore from Ancelotti and Shakhtar were helpless as Vinicius picked out Benzema, who was ready to pounce on the edge near the penalty spot, and he fired past Trubin with ease.

After the milestone strike, Benzema joins illustrious names such as Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the 900th and the 800th, David Beckham (600) and Guti (500).

The player who started it all was Miguel Munoz, back in 1955 when he scored Los Blancos’ first-ever European Cup goal.

Now, 999 goals and over half a century later, Benzema ensured Real Madrid became the first club in competition history to reach a four-figure goal tally, with no other team having scored as many in Europe’s top tournament.

On a personal level, Benzema took his own Champions League tally to 74, with 62 of those coming in Real Madrid colours. Only Raul (66) and Cristiano Ronaldo (106) are ahead of him in club history.


Benzema remains the overall fourth-top Champions League scorer of all time, behind only Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo.

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