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Madrid Paper MARCA Have A Pop At Gary Lineker After Karim Benzema Criticism

The outlet wrote a piece on Gary Lineker’s goalscoing record following his comment on the Real Madrid forward.

Lineker isn’t one to hold back on Twitter, being vocal on all matters football and even politics. The Englishman, who formerly lined out for Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid arch-rivals Barcelona, posed a question last week following Madrid’s draw with Spurs in the Champions League.

He simply asked whether Real striker Karim Benzema is overrated, citing the Frenchman’s goalscoring pattern.

MARCA haven’t taken too kindly to the perceived slight on one of Zinedine Zidane’s players however, penning a piece in response that was critical of Lineker’s own record in the 1980s and 1990s.

Titled ‘How good was Lineker? Four vs Spain, hat-trick vs Real Madrid… and little else’, the article accused the 56-year-old of lacking the ‘killer instinct’ that would have sent England further in the 1986 World Cup at Argentina’s expense following the infamous ‘Hand of God’ incident.

“The English footballer was close to recording his name in the history books of England football but he lacked the killer instinct within the area that he is now shaming Benzema for.”

Far from being annoyed at the hit-piece, Lineker took the criticism in good spirits.

Benzema has scored 263 goals in 542 appearances in his spells at Lyon B, Lyon and Real Madrid. Lineker scored 281 in 567 appearances for five different clubs including Leicester City, Everton and Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight.

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