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Real Madrid ace Benzema overtakes Arsenal, Barcelona great Henry

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema has become the outright fifth-highest goalscorer in the history of the UEFA Champions League.

The French striker netted his 51st goal in Europe's premier club competition in Wednesday night's 3-1 come-from-behind win over Napoli in the Round of 16 first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The goal, an 18th-minute header, saw Benzema bypass former Arsenal and Barcelona star Thierry Henry (50) to move into fifth position on the all-time goals list in the Champions League.

Benzema scored 11 in this competition for Olympique Lyon and now has 39 in 70 outings for Real.

His Los Blancos teammate Cristiano Ronaldo sits on top of the charts with 95 goals, two ahead of Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi with 93.

Sitting in third is Real legend Raul with 71 and ex-Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy follows in fourth with 56.

Then comes 29-year-old Benzema who has now scored 175 goals for the Spanish giants.

Andrew Slevison
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