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Benzema named 2021-2022 Champions League’s Player of the Season

The striker collects his first individual award after a brilliant season.

Liverpool FC v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final 2021/22 Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images

UEFA have named Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema the 2021-2022 Champions League’s Player of the Season.

Per UEFA’s press release:
UEFA’s Technical Observer panel have named Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema as the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Player of the Season.

The French striker was a talismanic figure for Madrid as he drove them on to a record 14th European title, and his fifth since he joined from Lyon in 2009. Not only did Benzema hit double figures for Champions League goals in a single season for the first time in his career, his final tally of 15 earned him top spot in the competition scoring charts.

Remarkably, a joint-record ten of those goals came in the knockout stage, beginning with a decisive late hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16.

He followed up with another treble away to Chelsea and then buried the extra-time winner to oust the holders in Spain, before a trio of goals against Manchester City in the semi-finals – including the extra-time penalty that capped a jaw-dropping comeback.

This is undoubtedly the first of many individual awards coming Benzema’s way during the rest of 2022. Next will be the Pichichi, given to the 2021-2022 top scorer in La Liga. The most important of them all should be the Ballon D’Or, as Benzema is the main favorite to win the award also.