Karim Benzema equalled an impressive Champions League record by scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 6-0 defeat of Galatasaray on Wednesday.

The Frenchman netted in either half to become only the second player after Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to score in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons.

Benzema scores his first against Galatasaray
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It also meant he took his tally of European goals to 50 for Real Madrid since joining from Lyon in 2009, and gives him 62 Champions League goals in total, putting him fourth on the list of the competition’s all-time scorers behind Cristiano Ronaldo (127), Messi (113) and Raul (71).

The 31-year-old, who first scored in this competition aged just 17 against Rosenborg in 2005, remained humble and insisted he was not a legend.

“We scored goals, played well and did not concede. It was a real party with the fans,” Benzema told the club’s website.