Benzema win Uefa player of the year prize

Karim Benzema and Alexia Putellas were named UEFA men’s and women’s player of the year, respectively at a ceremony in Istanbul on Thursday.

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Benzema captained Real Madrid to a Champions League final victory over Liverpool, scoring 15 goals in the competition. While Putellas was the top scorer in the Women’s Champions League, helping Barcelona reach the final, they lost to Lyon.

Karim Benzema won the award ahead of club teammate. Thibaut Courtois and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, succeeding Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, who won it last year.

In the Champions League knockout rounds, the 34-year-old scored hat-tricks against PSG and Chelsea. He scored three times in the two legs of the semi-final against Manchester City.

He scored 44 goals in 46 games as Real won the Spanish championship.

Putellas, 28, won the award for the second year in a row despite missing Euro 2022 due to a serious knee injury.

She finished ahead of England forward and European champion Beth Mead, the tournament’s joint leading scorer, and young German midfielder Lena Oberdorf.

Carlo Ancelotti was named best men’s coach for his success with Real Madrid. While Dutchwoman Sarina Wiegman was named best women’s coach after leading England to Euro glory last month on home soil.

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