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The El Clasico without Messi gives Benzema a chance to shine.

El Clásico will enter a new era this Sunday at Camp Nou as it will be the first game between Barcelona and Real Madrid since 2005 without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Now Karim Benzema wants to show that he is worth being the undisputed star of the Clásico.

Messi first competed in a Clásico on November 19, 2005, with Ronaldinho applauding memorable in the 3-0 win for Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, but the Argentine's departure this summer three years later, Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid he left a vacant seat on the Clásico throne. Both Messi and Cristiano have shaped the Clásico in terms of scoring as the former Barcelona legend scored 26 goals in that match against Real Madrid's 18 former icons.

In the absence of Messi and Cristiano, someone has to step up when it comes to scoring goals in Classic. Benzema arrives as the top scorer in each of the clubs in this Sunday Barcelona game against Real Madrid, with a gap between the current players, with Frenchman Carlos Santillana tying up with 290 goals as the fourth top scorer in Real Madrid history.

After being teammate with Cristiano, Benzema thrived in the Portuguese's absence and is now battling it out to win the Ballon d'Or 2021, while so far this season he has scored more goals than the Clásicos, two former stars 11 in addition to seven assists provided. The player closest to Benzema in terms of goals is Gareth Bale, who has scored 106 goals wearing the Real Madrid shirt but will not be in the classic on Sunday due to an injury. Something similar happened to the injured Isco, who scored 50 goals.

The trio Marco Asensio (40 goals), Marcelo (38) and Casemiro (30) are next on the list from Real Madrid's point of view. From a Barcelona perspective, the departures of Messi, Luis Suárez, Antoine Griezmann and Neymar make their goal numbers a little bleak. In fact, the player with the most goals in the current Barça squad is Gerard Piqué, who has scored 52 goals. Not bad for a headquarters.

Benzema is back in France's favor and became Real Madrid's star player, so now he will be eager to show his talent in classical music as he did with his goal at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium last season. If Benzema does well in El Clásico and impresses viewers around the world, his Ballon dOr case will gain even more weight.

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