Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been named the Champions League Player of the Season after an outstanding 2021-22 season where he finished top scorer, UEFA announced on Tuesday. France international Benzema, 34, won the competition for the fifth time as Real beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final, having scored 15 goals in 12 games, including hat-tricks against Paris St Germain and Chelsea in the round of 16.
Benzema’s teammate Vinicius Junior, who scored the only goal in the final in Paris, was named the tournament’s Young Player of the Season. The duo were also named in the team of the season alongside Real midfielder Luka Modric and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who played a starring role in the Stade de France clash.
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Runner-up Liverpool were represented by defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson as well as midfielder Fabinho. PSG striker Kylian Mbappe, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne completed the line-up.
Team of the Season:
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Fabinho (Liverpool), Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Forwards: Kylian Mbappé (Paris St Germain), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)
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