Outstanding Madrid Striker Emerges As the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Player of the Season

Outstanding Madrid Striker Emerges As the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Player of the Season

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:03 PM
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  • Karim Benzema has been named the 2021/22 Champions League Player of the Season by the UEFA Technical Observer panel
  • The Frenchman netted 15 goals in the competition this season to help the Spanish club win it for the fourteenth time
  • His tally also earned him the top spot on the scorer's chart for this campaign as he ends the season on a sensational note

UEFA's Technical Observer panel have named Real Madrid's Karim Benzema as the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Player of the Season.

The 34-year-old was phenomenal in the course of the just-concluded season inspiring Los Blancos to a record 14th Champions League title and his fifth since moving from Lyon in 2009.

He found the back of the net 15 times in the Champions League which eventually earned him top spot in the competition scoring charts.

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Karim Benzema has been named this season's Champions League best player. Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno
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Ten of those goals came in the preliminary rounds of the tournament as he began with a magical late hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16.

Benzema then scored another hat-trick against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and then buried the extra-time winner to oust the holders in Spain.

In the semi-finals, he scored three times against Manchester City including the extra-time penalty that capped a jaw-dropping comeback.

Uefa, in a statement, said:

"Although Benzema did not add to his haul in the final, he now stands joint third with Robert Lewandowski in the all-time European Cup goals table."

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti added:

"He gets better every day, like wine. Every day he becomes an even better leader, and feels more how important he is for the team and for the club. We are really happy and lucky to have him."

Vinicius Junior makes Champions League team of the season

Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that UEFA's Technical Observer panel has selected its 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Team of the Season with some conspicuous names excluded.

As expected, players of Real Madrid and Liverpool - who made the finals of this season's Champions League finals- dominate the Team of the Season including Vinicius Junior.

Regular names such as Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar and Lionel Messi as well as Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were all exempted.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.