Former Chelsea stars Thibaut Courtois and Kevin de Bruyne could not prevent Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema from winning the UEFA Men’s 2021/22 Player of the Year at a gala in Istanbul.
Benzema was at the top of his game last season, where he put up the best performance of his career so far, the Los Blancos star scored 44 goals in 46 games for Real Madrid last season and also clinch the Pichichi award in Spain where he scored 27 goals in the La Liga, two goals in goals in the Supercopa de Espana and 15 times in the Champions League.
The former Lyon attacker was the main man in Real Madrid in Real Madrid’s attack since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and his effort was rewarded after leading Los Mereguens to their 14th Champions League title.
Benzema dislodged Jorginho and won the award for the first time in his career, his exploits in the group stage and the knockout rounds of the tournament was superb.
The attacker scored 15 – including a joint-record ten in the knockout stages – earning him a top spot in the competition scoring charts, with 27 in the Spanish Liga also a domestic best.
Benzema,34, was recalled to the national team of France and he guided Les Blues to UEFA Nations League glory and never looked back, consecutive hat-tricks in the Champions League knockout stages against Paris and Chelsea the highlights of a goal and trophy-filled season.”
Robert Lewandowski won it in 2019/20 to succeed Virgil van Dijk (2018/19), Luka Modric (2017/18), Cristiano Ronaldo (2016/17, 2015/16 and 2013/14), Lionel Messi (2014/15), Franck Ribery (2012/13) and Andres Iniesta (2011/12).
Benzema is already running to defend the award next year following his great start to the season, having scored two goals in two La Liga matches.