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Benzema's UCL scoring rate superior to Ronaldo's

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 16/02/2017

Benzema's UCL scoring rate superior to Ronaldo's

Karim Benzema's header against Napoli during Real Madrid's 3-1 win over the Italians in a UEFA Champions League round of 16 first means the Frenchman now has a better Champions League goalscoring rate than his star Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

His opener at the Santiago Bernabeu took his tally in Europe's elite club competition to 51, the highest of any French player.

Ronaldo does have a superior total of 95 goals, but the Portuguese's have come at an average of one every 122 minutes, while Benzema has a rate of one every 120.

Only four players in Champions League history have at least 20 goals and a better minutes-per-goal rate than Benzema.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is on top of the list with one every 99 minutes, followed by Mario Gomez (102), Ruud van Nistelrooy (109) and Filippo Inzaghi (119).

While Benzema has scored only five times in 16 La Liga matches this season, his strike against Napoli was his fifth in only seven Champions league outings.

Ronaldo meanwhile, is enduring his worst drought in front of goal in the Champions League, having now gone 523 minutes without finding the net in the competition.