To close the cycle of comparative statistics, I present the last dancing couple in our discussion about BBC vs MSN. It is the position of striker, the classic #9, the center forward. In the world we can find wonderful representatives of this position as Lewandowski, Agüero, Vardy, Ibrahimovic or Higuaín. Here we compare the uruguayan gunman of Football Club Barcelona, Luis Suarez vs Benzema, the french spearhead of Real Madrid.
As in sections Messi vs Cristiano and Neymar vs Bale, I have made this comparison, as a rigorous statistical, totally objective analysis, wherein I will confront both individual and collective honours Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema go getting.
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In the first graph we can see that since the 2014/2015 season, when Luis Suarez joined FC Barcelona, he has surpassed Karim Benzema in all records, scoring more goals, giving more assists and getting better averages both goals and assists per game.
Noting the comparison of their careers in global, we can see they have played almost the same games, something we have not seen in previous comparisons (Messi vs Cristiano and Neymar vs Bale), because between them there is a greater age difference, while Luis Suarez and Benzema were both born in the year 1987, being the uruguayan only 11 months older.
There is another parallelism in their careers, as both started in minor leagues. Luis Suarez played his first 231 games between the Uruguayan and Dutch leagues, while Karim Benzema played his first 148 games in his native France.
Going to the figures, we can see that Luis Suarez beats Karim Benzema in total number of goals scored, assists given, average goals per game and average assists per game.
If we limit the sample to their performances for clubs, we see that the difference is virtually unchanged in all sections. Luis Suarez remains leading in goals, assists and both averages.
If we stick to their games with their national teams, Uruguay and France, the story remains the same. Luis Suarez has offered the national team more goals and assists, and also better averages than Benzema to his.
Finally, referring only to the Champions League, we see that Luis Suarez has played far fewer matches in this competition, having spent much of his career with teams that have not played that competition. In fact, in his four years at Liverpool he did not play a single match in Europe’s top competition.
This means that the figures for goals and assists from Benzema are greater than those of the Uruguayan, but averages still favor this one.
This chart shows all the goals scored by Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema, sorted by seasons.
Looking at the graph called “Since Both play in Spain” we see that Luis Suarez has surpassed Benzema in the two seasons they have shared playing for Spanish teams. We can also observe that, without finishing the 2015/2016 season, he has already surpassed his scoring records from last season.
Turning to the graph “Clubs and national teams”, we see that there have been three seasons in which Benzema has surpassed the scoring production of Luis Suarez, while the Uruguayan won in the remaining 8 counting the current one. The same trend is observed in the comparison of only clubs.
Turning to the tab “National teams only” we see that Luis Suarez has scored more goals for his team that Benzema for France. Remember also that Benzema debutted one season earlier for his country, but he only managed to score a goal.
This chart shows the sum of all the goals from Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema.
We can see that both started their careers with very similar numbers of goals, and that Luis Suarez scoring explosion came in the season 2009/2010, his third season at Ajax Amsterdam, where we won the Golden Boot award. We can see in the graph that Luis Suarez has always been above Benzema scoring figures.
This chart shows the scoring average of Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez, per season.
We can see that both have improved his scoring average from last year. In 2014/2015, Luis Suarez finished with an average of 0.58 goals per game, 10 points above the average of Karim Benzema (0.48).
In the current season, both move around one goal per game.
This chart shows the assists given by Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema, per season.
We can see that in their first season together in Spain both showed up as excellent assistants, with 21 and 12 assists. In the current season, Luis Suarez has already surpassed the number of assists Benzema achieved throughout last season.
If we go to the graph “Clubs and national teams” we will see that Benzema surpassed the number of assists of Luis Suarez in the seasons 2011/2012 and 2012/2013.
This chart shows the sum of assists given by Luis Suarez and Benzema, per season.
It can be seen that the Uruguayan has remained above the French in virtually their whole careers.
This chart shows the goals generated per season, ie the sum of goals scored and assists given by Luis Suarez and Benzema.
We can see that Luis Suarez has already surpassed its figures for last season.
In overall we can see that Benzema generated more goals in the 2007/2008 and 2011/2012 seasons, being surpassed by Luis Suarez in the rest.
This chart shows the sum of the goals generated by season, ie the sum of goals scored and assists given that have achieved Luis Suarez and Benzema.
We can see that the graph behaves almost the same as those of “goals scored” and “assists given” where Luis Suarez moves away from Benzema since season 2008/2009.
In this graph we see that Luis Suarez has generated more than one goal per game in the two seasons he has played in Barcelona, something that also Benzema is getting in the current season.
Throughout their careers, and without the current season, Luis Suarez has completed four seasons above one goal generated (goals + assists) per game, while Benzema has achieved it in 2 seasons.
I have excluded from the table the awards referred to their countries or regions, as both have won awards concerning Uruguay or France, or internal awards from the Premier League or French League. I’ve only held the international awards.
If you consider that there are any other award that should appear in the list, I urge you to let me know in the comments.
With respect to Team Titles, Benzema has won more leagues than Luis Suarez, as he won the French League in 4 consecutive years. The same goes for national Cups and Super Cups. Luis Suarez wins national team titles, having won a “Copa America” while Benzema has not won any tournament with France. The uruguayan has also won the FL Cup in England.
Regarding to Champions Leagues, European Super Cups and FIFA Club World Cups they are tied.