In 2009, Ronaldo relocated from Manchester United to Real Madrid for a then-record £80 million transfer price.
But in 2018, the 37-year-old moved on to Juventus.
Since then, Benzema has been known as Madrid’s patron saint.
The 34-year-old was announced as the Ballon d’Or winner for 2022 on Monday.
It followed a season in which Benzema scored 44 goals for LaLiga and Winners League champions.
Regarding Ronaldo, Benzema said to Onda Cero:
“Playing with him was an honor; he’s a beast.
“The need to be greater entered my mind the day he departed.”