Benzema is one of the best strikers in the world, says Spain defender Sergio Ramos

The Real Madrid right-back spoke positively of his club team-mate prior to facing the Frenchman in their last-eight European Championship encounter on Saturday
Spain defender Sergio Ramos has lavished praise on Karim Benzema ahead of his country's Euro 2012 quarter-final with France on Saturday.
Charlie Scott | Spain Expert

Benzema looked superb for Real Madrid this season, scoring 31 and complimenting the skills of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil perfectly, but during this European Championship he has failed to shine. France have had 59 attempts on goal in their opening three fixtures, but have scored just three times. If they wish to cause an upset this evening they will need Benzema to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

The Real Madrid striker has so far failed to make an impact for Les Bleus in Poland and Ukraine, despite producing two assists in the 2-0 win over Ukraine last week, but the defender believes the 24-year-old still poses a threat.

"Karim has become one of the best strikers in the world, one of those who make the difference," Ramos told France Football.

"We know that it is a given [that he will play well]."

Club and international team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa also echoed Ramos' sentiments, adding: "We are fortunate to play with him. We are better placed than anyone to know what he [Benzema] is capable of."

Vicente del Bosque's men encounter France in Saturday's last-eight clash at the Donbass Arena. Kick-off is at 20:45CET.