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UEFA awards; Karim Benzema wins UEFA Player of the Year

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  • Karim Benzema won UEFA Men’s Player of the Year. The French talisman deserved the award due to his impressive performance with Real Madrid last season. 
  • Carlo Ancelotti won the UEFA Manager of the Year. The Italian manager led Real Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League and the La Liga titles last season. 

Karim Benzema has been named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year. The Real Madrid star was on the shortlist for this year’s UEFA Men’s Player of the Year alongside Real Madrid teammate Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne. 

The sensational striker deserved the award due to his outstanding performance last season. 

Benzema played a huge role for the Los Blancos as they won the UEFA Champions League and the La Liga. He scored 15 goals in the UEFA Champions League last season.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema played a massive role as Real Madrid won the Champions League last season. Photo/ 90min.

The French talisman has taken the crown off Chelsea midfielder Jorginho. Jorginho won the award last year due to his stellar performance as Chelsea won the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League and Italy won the Euros tournament. 

Carlo Ancelotti, on the other hand, has been named UEFA Manager of the Year. The Real Madrid coach led his club to a memorable 2021-22 season. 

Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager to win the UEFA Champions League title four times. He first won the prestigious trophy with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007. And then with Real Madrid in 2014 and last season. 

The former Italian manager said his success in the competition has been because of his passion and the quality of players he has managed. 

“The passion I have for the sport and the quality of the players. Last season there was a fantastic connection between the veterans and young ones; there was fantastic chemistry with the supporters that helped us reach an unbelievable achievement.”

Carlo Ancelotti also praised Karim Benzema, describing him as a fantastic footballer. 

“Karim is not only a fantastic striker; he is a fantastic footballer with a great attitude.

“This year, he improved his knowledge. His leadership… he is a strong leader in the dressing room. He is a good friend of mine… this is not the reason he is going to play, he is going to play the best! We are lucky to have Karim.”

Alexia Putellas won UEFA Women’s Player of the Year. The FC Barcelona forward has now won the award two consecutive times. She scored 34 goals for Barca last season across all competitions as the Catalans won all domestic trophies.

Karim Benzema

Alexia Putellas and Karim Benzema won UEFA Player of the Year awards. Photo/ The San Diego Union-Tribune.

However, Alexia did not play at the Euros tournament played last month. The Spanish international was recovering after tearing her knee ligaments in training. 

Sarina Wiegman took Women’s Coach of the Year due to her efforts with England women’s national team. She led the Lioness to win this year’s women’s Euros tournament. Sarina is yet to lose a match as England’s coach. 

Abraham Odhiambo is an avid sports fan who loves to write about football, boxing and wrestling. He's a big supporter of Manchester United. He's pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media at Egerton University.

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