Zinedine Zidane hits back at Gary Lineker's "embarrassing" criticism of Karim Benzema

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Lineker clearly felt Benzema should have done better, and tweeted to his 6.6 million followers that the France striker was "rescued" by strike partner Cristiano Ronaldo. A goal every other game in a team as strong as Real Madrid is nada especial.

Zidane was asked about Lineker's comments and he responded: 'For people who know about football to say that, is a disgrace; for me he is the best there is. Karim is not going to score 60 goals, but he will score 25, and he will give 30 passes to goal. "For me Benzema today is a better player than Harry Kane".

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'Such comments annoy me but they can not be avoided.

'Karim has everything. He scores goals.

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It does speak volumes that Benzema has been a starter for Real Madrid since the 09/10 season, and that simply does not happen at the Bernabeu unless you've got something important to offer. People can give their opinion that a No 9 should be about goals, okay, but that's not my philosophy'.

Pundits in Spain have also often questioned Benzema's efficiency in front of goal, but on the TV show "El Chiringuito" the wagons were circled when they felt their own player was being criticised from overseas.

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Ahead of Real Madrid's meeting with Eibar on Sunday, Zidane hit back after being presented with Lineker's comments by claiming that those who understand football can see the value in Benzema, and that it was a shame for someone involved in the game to say that. In total, he has accumulated 596 minutes across all competitions (83 in the UEFA Super Cup, 148 in the Spanish Super Cup, 289 in LaLiga, and 76 in the Champions League).

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