Since its inception, the award has been won by Lionel Messi (2011, 2015), Andrés Iniesta (2012), Franck Ribéry (2013), Cristiano Ronaldo (2014, 2016, 2017), Luka Modrić (2018), Virgil van Dijk (2019), Robert Lewandowski (2020), Jorginho (2021) and Karim Benzema (2022).
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema holds his men's best player of the year award for the 2021/2022 season on stage during the awarding ceremony of the UEFA Champions League football tournament in Istanbul on August 25, 2022.
The result was announced yesterday at the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage draw, which took place at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey. The Frenchman was one of the centerpieces of his club's victorious UEFA Champions League campaign last season, a campaign that resulted in Real's record fourteenth European title. The fifteen goals scored by Benzema earned him first place in the ranking of scorers in the competition.
Below were the points gathered after votes were gathered:
1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid & France) – 523 points.
2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium) – 122 points.
3. Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid & Belgium) – 118 points.
4. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern, now Barcelona & Poland) – 54 points.
5. Luka Modric (Real Madrid & Croatia) – 52 points.
6. Sadio Mané (Liverpool, now at Bayern & Senegal) – 51 points.
7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 46 points.
8. Kylian Mbappé (Paris & France) – 25 points.
9. Vinícius Junior (Real Madrid & Brazil) – 21 points.
10. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands) – 19 points.
But why Benzema?
The French international striker had already been named Player of the UEFA Champions League 2021/22 after guiding Real Madrid to their record 14th European title and fifth since joining from Lyon in 2009. His tally of 15 goals – including a tied record 10 goals in the knockout stage – earned him top spot in the competition's goalscoring charts. Add to that the 27 Spanish La Liga goals he has scored, which is a personal record.
The 34-year-old started the season helping France win the UEFA Nations League and continued that momentum, with his back-to-back hat-tricks in the Champions League knockout stage against Paris and Chelsea providing the highlight. organ of a season rich in goals and trophies.
Below are some Current Achievements of the UEFA Champions League winner
Winner of the Spanish La Liga
Winner of the Spanish Super Cup
UEFA Champions League Player of the Season
UEFA Nations League winner
UEFA Champions League
Man of the Match Trophies: 4
All of Karim Benzema's goals in 2021/22
Real Madrid 3-1 Paris
Led by two goals on the whole of the two matches with half an hour of the end of the return, the men of Carlo Ancelotti were close to the exit in the Champions League with a feeling of helplessness. It was then that Benzema forced Gianluigi Donnarumma into an error to give his side hope, before scoring two more goals in 17 minutes to seal a sensational turnaround.
Chelsea 1-3 Real Madrid
Benzema continued that momentum in the quarter-final first leg, with a hat-trick in 25 minutes. Two superb headers in three minutes knocked out the defending champions and the hat-trick came seconds after half-time, capping off a period of Real dominance.
Spain 1-2 France
After launching Les Bleus' remarkable comeback against Belgium in the Nations League semi-finals, Benzema repeated the feat in the final. Two minutes after trailing, France equalized with a superb curling strike from Benzema in the 66th minute before claiming the trophy.
Who won the award last season?
Jorginho has been named UEFA Player of the Season 2020/21 after becoming only the tenth player to win the European Cup and EURO in the same year. The midfielder led Chelsea to the Champions League title before leading Roberto Mancini's Italy play at EURO 2020.
Other winners on the night were:
Player of the Year: Alexia Putellas
Coach of the Year: Carlo Ancelotti
Coach of a women's team of the year: Sarina Wiegman
President's Award: Arrigo Sacchi
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