Real Madrid star, Karim Benzema has opened up on how his style of play has changed since footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo left the Bernabeu in 2018 - giving an hint on the 36-year-old's role and how his fellow Manchester United team-mates must adapt to his style of play.
Ronaldo and Benzema played alongside each other for nine years at Madrid and formed a devastating partnership up front, which saw the club win numerous honours during that period.
Ronaldo’s time at Madrid saw him play as a central striker in an attacking trio alongside Gareth Bale and Benzema – a trident which propelled the club to four Champions League titles between 2014 and 2018.
The Frenchman explained how his role changed while Ronaldo was at the Bernabeu, thereby showing United a way on how they must adapt to the five-time Ballon d'Or award winner.
"When he played for Real Madrid he scored between 50 and 60 goals a season. So you have to adapt to this reality. I had to move more on the pitch, give him space. When he left, what changed was that it was my turn to take over; to score goals and to provide assists to my other teammates. I've taken over in my own way and it's going well," he told Marca.
The Frenchman has established himself as the Los Blancos talisman since Ronaldo's departure, scoring 111 goals in the time period, leading Madrid to one LaLiga and one Supercopa title.