Benzema 'at same level as Ronaldo and Haaland' claims Ancelotti – but do the stats back up the Real Madrid boss

KARIM BENZEMA is playing at the 'same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland', according to Carlo Ancelotti.

The Real Madrid striker, 34, appears to only be getting better with age.



And amid a sensational season, Los Blancos boss Ancelotti reckons Benzema is one of the best strikers on the planet.

The Frenchman scored twice in the crucial 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to extend Real's lead atop the LaLiga table.

After the game, when asked if he believed Benzema was the best striker in the world on form, Ancelotti told AS: "I think so.

"He has added a massive, regular ability to put the ball in the back of the net to his game.

"He's at the level of Cristiano Ronaldo or Haaland.

"Benzema is a player who makes a difference.

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"We saw it once again in the game against Athletic, with two goals in quick succession.

"He's in amazing form."

Benzema has scored a staggering 20 goals in just 23 games for Real Madrid this season.

The striker was often considered the third wheel of the 'BBC' trio of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and himself.

But Benzema continues to prove his doubters wrong with goal after goal.

In fact, he's scored MORE goals this season than Ronaldo or Haaland – backing up Ancelotti's claim.

Ronaldo has scored 13 times in 18 games since returning to Manchester United.

And Haaland has scored 19 times – one shy of Benzema.

However, the Norwegian wonderkid has managed that feat in just 15 matches – averaging well over one goal per game.

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