France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has emerged winner of the 2021/2022 UEFA Men’s Player of the Award, following his impressive displays in the Champions League last season.
The 34 year-old had a monstrous campaign in Europe’s elite club competition, in which he emerged Top Scorer and he scooped the trophy alongside his fellow Los Blancos teammates, after they edged Premier League outfit Liverpool 1-0 in the Final at the Stade de France in May.
The victory saw Karim Benzema join the likes of Luka Modric, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo, Nacho, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo as players who have won the UEFA Champions League trophy five times. Only former Real Madrid legend Paulo Gento remains the only player to have lifted the UCL trophy a record six times.
Asides being named the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, Benzema also scooped the Forward of the Year Award and the Goal of the Season – after his headed effort against Chelsea in the knockout rounds was adjudged the best strike of the campaign.
Other winners on the night include: Alexia Putellas of Spain and Barcelona who claimed the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year Award for the second successive year.
Four-time UEFA Champions League winning manager Carlo Ancelotti was named the Coach of the Year for leading Los Blancos to their record-extending 14th title.
Meanwhile, Dutchwoman Sarina Weigman scooped the UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year Award, after leading the Lionesses of England to win the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euros tournament on home soil. It was England’s first-ever major title in women’s football.