Karim Benzema and Alexia Putellas win UEFA Player of the Year award
Image file of Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas and Real Madrid’s striker, Karim Benzema,© AFP
Karim Benzema and Alexia Putellas were rewarded for their outstanding seasons winning the UEFA Men’s and Women’s Player awards at a ceremony in Istanbul on Thursday. French striker Benzema captained Real Madrid to victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final and scored 15 goals in the tournament, while Putellas was top scorer in the Women’s Champions League, helping Barcelona to reach the top. in the final where they lost to Lyon. Benzema wins men’s title ahead of club teammates Thibaut Courtois and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De BruyneSuccession to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho who won the award last year.
The 34-year-old scored a hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the knockout stages of the Champions League and scored three goals in two legs of the semi-final against Manchester City.
He scored 44 goals in 46 games together as Real also won the Spanish championship.
Putellas, 28, won the award for the second year in a row despite a serious knee injury that kept her out of Euro 2022.
She finished ahead of England striker and European champion Beth Mead, the top scorer at the tournament, and young German midfielder Lena Oberdorf.
Carlo Ancelotti was voted best men’s coach for his success with Real, with Dutchwoman Sarina Wiegman crowned best female coach after leading England to Euro glory on the pitch. home last month.
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