Real Madrid lead the Pichichi race: Benzema on nine goals and Vinicius on seven

31 Oct 2021
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Following three seasons in which Real Madrid have struggled to fill the goalscoring void of Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos are starting to regain their firepower.

This is primarily down to the contributions of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior, who have been in stunning form in front of goal so far this season.

Benzema has picked up from where he left off last season, and is the current leader in the Pichichi standings with nine goals in LaLiga Santander.

He knows that this season presents him with his best opportunity yet to win his first Pichichi trophy, but he looks set to face stiff competition from his teammate.

Vinicius has been a revelation this campaign, and his brace in the victory at Elche took him up to seven strikes in LaLiga Santander already, which is his best league return since he arrived at the club in the summer of 2018.

Combined with his two strikes in the Champions League and five assists in all competitions, he is enjoying his best season yet in the Spanish capital by some distance.

How far will Vinicius go?

Given the current rate at which he is operating, the Brazilian is on course to score 24 goals in LaLiga Santander this season.

Should he not reach that figure, he will certainly be eyeing the 20-goal mark, especially given that we have not yet reached November.

For a man who has consistently been ridiculed for his finishing during his Real Madrid career, he is proving the doubters wrong this season.

Benzema, who was rested against Elche, has nine goals in LaLiga Santander plus seven assists, making him the most decisive player in the Spanish top flight this season.

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