Karim Benzema’s legacy at Real Madrid is special. While he has been an indispensable part of the team for nearly a decade, his importance in the last two seasons has been unparalleled. Since his move to the club in 2009, he has won the UEFA Champions League five times, four La Liga titles, three UEFA Super Cups, two Copa del Rey’s, and four Spanish Super Cups. Yet, Wednesday could hold something special for the striker. If Real Madrid win the UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki, it will be Karim Benzema’s first trophy as the club captain.

While the French star donned the captain’s armband on multiple occasions in recent years, the departure of Marcelo means that he now is the primary captain of the team for the first time in his career. Interestingly, he is only Real Madrid’s third foreign captain in the last century as the club usually grants Spanish internationals or homegrown talents that privilege. Benzema’s appointment is not only fair but deserved. He was the biggest reason behind Los Blancos‘ success last season as he pulled the team out of trouble time and time again.

In 32 La Liga appearances, the 34-year-old scored a whopping 27 goals and provided 12 assists for the eventual champions. He further added another 15 goals and two assists to his cap in the Champions League and helped the club lift the prestigious trophy for the fourteenth time. Benzema is expected to start against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night. The Captain will undoubtedly look to lead from the front and be the difference maker in a decisive game.

Benzema is a very important player for manager Carlo Ancelotti’s side and he has been proving over the past couple of years that he is an integral member of the team following his spectacular displays.