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UEFA ChampionshipBenzema declares: 'We are the best... again!'

Benzema declares: ‘We are the best… again!’

Karim Benzema proudly declared “we are the best again”, after Real Madrid secured another Champions League title with a 1-0 win over Liverpool.

In the first half at the Stade de France on Saturday, France international Benzema mainly stood by as Liverpool assaulted Madrid’s goal.

In the first 45 minutes, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds took five shots on target, which was more than they had attempted in their previous two Champions League finals combined (two in 2018 and three in 2019).

Karim Benzema had a goal called off soon before the halftime in Paris after being deemed to be offside inside the box during the first half.

But, just before the hour, Vinicius Junior scored the game-winning goal, and Thibaut Courtois denied Liverpool, as Real Madrid won a record-extending 14th European Cup, more than any other team.

Benzema became just the second French captain to lift the trophy, after Didier Deschamps with Marseille in 1993, and the Madrid talisman was quick to salute his side.

Karim Benzema told Movistar:

“We are the best again. It has been a very difficult season for us, and we deserved it again.

“The game was very difficult, but we showed everyone that we are alive, and we won. A final always involves hard work and tiredness…

“We scored an offside goal and got into the game in the second half to end up winning the final.”

Benzema also expressed his delight at winning the Champions League in his home country as he eyes the Ballon d’Or before heading to the World Cup with France.

“It means a lot to me, it’s very important. I’m very proud,” he continued.

On the Ballon d’Or, the 34-year-old added: “Let’s see if it happens. Hopefully. But the most important thing is to enjoy today’s victory.”

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