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Benzema Is The Best Striker In The World - Zinedine Zidane

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Real Madrid head coach, Zinedine Zidane, has singled out Karim Benzema for praise following his incredible performance in the Galacticos’ win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

The French striker scored all three goals as Madrid enjoyed another victory against the Basque side at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Benzema's hat-trick means he is now on 21 goals in La Liga this season and 30 in all competitions.

Those numbers and his recent good form have seen his manager put him on top of the list of point men in the game.

Benzema Is The Best Striker In The World - Zinedine Zidane

"For me, Karim is the best No.9 in the world, although there are many good players, and others might choose someone else," Zidane told a press conference after the final whistle.

"What he has been doing here over 10 years means everything.

"His goals are impressive and I am happy for him. He has confidence in himself, always aims to improve.

"But his team were helping him, with Marco's [Asensio] cross, [Jesus] Vallejo's recovery of the ball to start off the move for the first goal."

While the former France international is enjoying his best goal haul since 2015-16 and doing his best to fill the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo, his strike partner, Gareth Bale, has struggled for form and fitness.

Benzema Is The Best Striker In The World - Zinedine Zidane

The Welshman has found the back of the net only eight times in the League and was jeered by Madrid fans after drawing another blank to extend his scoring drought for the Merengue to five matches.

Zidane, however, wished he had scored when he had the chance and was left puzzled by the Madrid fans' negative reaction to Bale.

"I do not get it," Zidane said when asked about the treatment of the former Tottenham star.

"[Bale] had a chance to score and I would have liked him to do it. I will not go into the rest.

"We played a great game, we were superior, all we missed was the goal, we are happy with what we did."