Benzema named Champions League Player of the Season

Runners-up Liverpool were represented by defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson as well as midfielder Fabinho in Team of the Season

By Reuters

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Soccer Football - Champions League Final - Liverpool v Real Madrid - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - May 28, 2022 Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates after winning the Champions League REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - Champions League Final - Liverpool v Real Madrid - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - May 28, 2022 Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates after winning the Champions League REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Published: Tue 31 May 2022, 11:52 PM

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been named the Champions League Player of the Season after a stellar 2020-21 campaign where he finished as top scorer, Uefa said on Tuesday.

France international Benzema, 34, won the competition for the fifth time as Real beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final at the Stade de France in Paris, having netted 15 goals in 12 games including hat-tricks against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the knockout stages.


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 showdown at Stade de France.


Runners-up Liverpool were represented by defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson as well as midfielder Fabinho.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne completed the lineup.

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 Mbappe (Paris St Germain), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid).


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