Karim Benzema continues to etch his name into the Real Madrid history books. The French striker, who started in the derby win, made his 528th appearance as a madridista and moved ahead of Roberto Carlos (527) as the foreign player with the most appearances in the club’s history. At the end of the game at the Di Stéfano, club president Florentino Pérez presented the two madridista legends with commemorative shirts featuring their respective appearance tallies.
Benzema, who joined the club in 2009, is now in his 12th campaign at Real Madrid. His impressive trophy haul features: four Champions League trophies and Club World Cups apiece, three UEFA Super Cups, a trio of league titles, two Copa del Rey trophies and three Spanish Super Cups.
Legendary foreign players
Coming in behind Benzema and Roberto Carlos we find another foreign player who has surpassed the 500-game mark for Real Madrid in the shape of Marcelo (515). The Brazilian is followed by Cristiano Ronaldo (438) and Alfredo Di Stéfano (396). In terms of the foreign player with the most victories to their name, Benzema also tops the list (358). The Frenchman lies ahead of Marcelo (352), Cristiano Ronaldo (316) and Roberto Carlos (301).