Karim Benzema received the UEFA best player of the year trophy on Thursday evening ahead of Belgians Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne. The French striker spoke after this distinction while waiting for the Ballon d’Or 2022 which he can also win.
Just before the draw for the group stages of the Champions League, UEFA took the opportunity to award The Best trophy for the best player of the season.
“I’m really happy and proud to be here. I thank Real Madrid, my president, my coach and my teammates. The most important thing is to win the collective trophies. When you do things right on the pitch, the individual rewards come. The most memorable moment? The return match against PSG at home with the help of the public, we managed to turn the game around to go far and give us a lot of confidence. Football is difficult. There are times when you get dominated and others when you never let go. In Madrid, you never give up. Even if we lose, we can manage to go up the score”, he confided after the presentation of the trophy.
Appointed with his teammate Thibaut Courtois and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Karim Benzema obtained this trophy almost logically.
The French international who is more than ever favorite in the race for the Ballon d’Or has had a breathtaking season this year.
In 46 matches, the player trained at OL scored 44 goals and delivered 15 assists.
Exceptional statistics which also allowed Real Madrid to achieve a Champions League – La Liga double.