Former France international: ‘Benzema is a more complete player than Henry’

Karim Benzema is a ‘more complete’ player than France legend Thierry Henry, says former France international Sydney Govou. Benzema has just finished his best LaLiga season for Real Madrid, scoring 21 goals as Madrid picked up their 34th league title. Govou believes that Benzema is more all-round than Henry.

“I think he has largely the level of Thierry”, Govou told L’Equipe. “Thierry really impressed me because he was not only a fast player but he had the ball. But Karim is more complete. He also has a kind of presence because he is smaller and less athletic. Karim has always been a top player. If you love football, it’s impossible not to love him.”

Govou also hailed Benzema for his season at Madrid. “I’m not surprised. I always thought he was one of the best European strikers. He had small difficulties at the start at Real because he had to win. But he has taken on an incredible dimension over the years. And a little more after the departure of [Cristiano] Ronaldo. He has new responsibilities, he’s a real leader.”

Benzema will be able to up his total tally of 26 goals this season as Madrid are now preparing for the return of the Champions League in the first week of August. The Spanish giants will have to overturn a 2-1 first leg defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium if they want to claim a spot in the quarter finals.