Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema named UEFA Champions League Player of the Season | Soccer News

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Karim Benzema has been named UEFA Champions League Player of the Season©TNZT

Real Madrid star striker Karim Benzema has been named 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Player of the Season. The Real Madrid striker won the award after topping the goalscoring charts with 15 goals and leading his side to glory in their jaw-dropping comebacks. The French striker was a talismanic figure for Madrid as he led them to a record 14th European title, and his fifth since joining Lyon in 2009.

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Not only did Benzema hit double the Champions League goals in a single season for the first time in his career, but his final tally of 15 also earned him top spot in the competition’s goalscoring charts.

Remarkably, a joint-record ten of those goals came in the knockout stage, starting with a late-game decisive hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16.

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He followed that up with another hat-trick at Chelsea, then buried the extra-time winner to oust the holders in Spain, before a trio of goals against Manchester City in the semi-finals – including the extra-time penalty that crowned a cut-off breath. come back.

Although Benzema hasn’t added to his run in the final, he now sits third with Robert Lewandowski in the all-time European Cup goalscoring chart.

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