Football is a game of opinions.
Nowhere are opinions more divisive than the minefield that is Twitter, especially when your handle is @GaryLineker.
Lineker took to Twitter after Real Madrid’s draw with Spurs to share his opinions on French striker Karim Benzema.
He said: “Is it me or is Benzema a tad overrated? A goal every other game in a team as strong as Real Madrid is nada especial. Decent not great.”
This got people talking.
First off, let’s put some numbers to Lineker’s claim.
Benzema, who is in his ninth season at Madrid, has scored 123 goals in 248 league games, at a rate of almost exactly one in two.
During that time he’s won two league titles, four domestic cups, three Champions League trophies, three UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.
Not too shabby.
Lineker followed up his statement by saying Benzema was ‘ok’ but ‘just a little short of the very best’ after plenty of his followers pointed to the Frenchman’s trophy haul.
For what it’s worth, we think the selfless role Benzema plays in allowing those around him to flourish often gets lost when people just look at pure numbers.
What are your thoughts?