Karim Benzema broke Cristiano Ronaldo's record in his final Real Madrid appearance against Athletic Club

Karim Benzema's goal helped Real Madrid level the scoreline against Athletic Bilbao, which eventually ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Karim Benzema scored in his final match as a Real Madrid player, as he successfully converted a penalty to end his journey at Santiago Bernabéu on a memorable note. He sent the Athletic Club Bilbao goalkeeper in the opposite direction from the 12-yard distance and then rushed towards the corner flag where he was embraced by his teammates. Karim Benzema was then substituted moments later as he walked off to a standing ovation from fans.

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Benzema's journey at the Spanish capital came to an end after 14 glorious seasons. The Ballon d'Or winner helped Real Madrid win a record 25 titles, including five Champions Leagues, five Club World Cups, and four Spanish leagues. He made a total of 648 appearances for the Los Blancos, which is the fifth-highest of all-time, and scored a total of 354 goals, the second-most all-time.

Meanwhile, Benzema's final goal also got past former clubmate Cristiano Ronaldo's record against Bilbao. Benzema's successful spot kick took his tally against Bilbao to 18, making him the player with the most goals against the club in La Liga. Ronaldo held the previous record, which was 17 goals in the nine seasons he spent at Madrid before he left for Turin to join Juventus.

"I've coached one of the greatest players in the world and one of the best strikers," said manager Carlo Ancelotti. "We can't be pleased about his departure, but we have to respect his decision. He's earned the right to choose and we all thank him for everything he's done for this club. He's been a legendary, unforgettable figure, and he'll remain forever in the memory of this club."

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