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Although Higuaín is not a versatile striker like Benzema, he can still be ruthless in front of goal. The Argentine hitman was impressive against Espanyol, bagging two goals and contributing two assists in front of the home supporters.
There has been speculation that "El Pipita" could be on his way out of the Spanish capital in the summer, with rumours of a potential swap with Sergio Agüero dominating headlines.
Higuaín was clearly not in his best form heading into Sunday's clash, but the Argentine silenced his critics with a world-class display. The Madrid striker showed great goalscoring instincts with two clinical finishes inside the box.
Higuaín may not provide the link up and combination play that Benzema does upfront, but he knows how to find the back of the net.
The Argentine international is a completely different type of striker. Higuaín has a much more direct style of play, making intelligent diagonal runs and always looking to have a shot on goal.
Although Benzema has solidified himself as the first-choice option when fit and Los Blancos might pursue another dynamic striker better suited for the current system in the summer, Higuaín is a lethal goalscorer when given the opportunity.