Karim Benzema wins UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award | UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid and France ahead Karim Benzema has been named 2021/22 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.

The 34-year-old, who final season spearheaded Real Madrid’s victorious UEFA Champions League marketing campaign and helped France to UEFA Nations League success, held off competitors from club-mate Thibaut Courtois and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.

“I’m really happy,” he stated as he collected his award. “It’s the first time I’ve won this trophy but for me the most important thing is to win trophies with the team. Mr Ancelotti is the best coach in the world; he gets it right with every player, he gives us confidence and he tells you what to do before every match.”

The award was introduced throughout the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage attract Istanbul.

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The high ten

1 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid & France) – 523 factors
2 Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium) – 122 factors
3 Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid & Belgium) – 118 factors
4 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern, now Barcelona & Poland) – 54 factors
5 Luka Modrić (Real Madrid & Croatia) – 52 factors
6 Sadio Mané (Liverpool, now Bayern & Senegal) – 51 factors
7 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 46 factors
8 Kylian Mbappé (Paris & France) – 25 factors
9 Vinícius Junior (Real Madrid & Brazil) – 21 factors
10 Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands) – 19 factors

Why did he win the vote?

The French striker was named 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Player of the Season after driving Real Madrid on to a document 14th European title, and his fifth since he joined from Lyon in 2009. His ultimate tally of 15 objectives – together with a joint-record ten in the knockout phases – earned him high spot in the competitors scoring charts, with 27 in the Spanish Liga additionally a home finest.

The evergreen 34-year-old began the marketing campaign by serving to France to UEFA Nations League glory and by no means regarded again, consecutive hat-tricks in the Champions League knockout phases towards Paris and Chelsea the highlights of a purpose and trophy-filled season.

All Karim Benzema’s 2021/22 objectives

2021/22 in numbers

UEFA Champions League winner, UEFA Champions League Player of the Season, UEFA Nations League winner, Spanish Liga winner, Spanish Super Cup winner

UEFA Champions League
Appearances: 12
Goals: 15
Assists: 1
Player of the Match awards: 4

Domestic League
Appearances: 32
Goals: 27
Assists: 12

Top three performances

Real Madrid 3-1 Paris
Two down on mixture in the final 16 with half an hour remaining, Carlo Ancelotti’s males had been heading out of the Champions League with a whimper. Step ahead Benzema, who compelled an error from Gianluigi Donnarumma to offer his facet hope earlier than finishing his hat-trick inside 17 minutes to seal a sensational turnaround.

Chelsea 1-3 Real Madrid
Benzema carried on that type in the quarter-final first leg, this hat-trick taking a extra modest 25 minutes to compile. Two terrific headers in a three-minute purple patch left the holders reeling and the treble duly arrived seconds after half-time as he pressed the hosts into submission.

Spain 1-2 France
Having kick-started Les Bleus’ exceptional comeback towards Belgium of their Nations League semi-final, he repeated the feat in the showpiece. Two minutes after falling behind, France levelled due to Benzema’s beautiful 66th-minute curling strike earlier than occurring to elevate the trophy.

Who was final yr’s winner?

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Jorginho gained the 2020/21 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award after turning into solely the tenth participant to win a European Cup and a EURO in the similar yr. The midfielder impressed Chelsea to UEFA Champions League glory along with his capacity to dictate play and Roberto Mancini took word, making him the linchpin of Italy’s EURO 2020-winning facet.

Other 2021/22 award winners

Women’s Player of the Year: Alexia Putellas
Men’s Coach of the Year: Carlo Ancelotti
Women’s Coach of the Year: Sarina Wiegman
President’s Award: Arrigo Sacchi

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