La Pulga nominated him as a candidate for the 2022 Ballon d’Or and UEFA agreed with him. In addition, they chose the best team of the contest.
“I think there are no doubts, it is very clear that Benzema had a spectacular year and ended up consecrating himself with the Champions League, being fundamental from the last 16 onwards in all the games. I think there are no doubts this year”remarked Lionel Messi this Monday in dialogue with TyC Sports about the candidate to obtain the Ballon d’Or 2022 as the best player of the season. And this Tuesday UEFA gave the right to the Flea because it chose the French striker as the most outstanding footballer in the international competition. In addition, they chose once ideal.
The panel of technical observers of the UEFA chose Karim Benzema as the best player in the 2021/22 Champions League. Benzema was one of the determining players for Real Madrid will achieve the fourteenth title of its history in the top continental competition and the fifth of his career since joining the white club from Lyon.
The French attacker, who this Monday joined the concentration of the French team in Clairefontaine -where met again with Mbappé– after Sunday’s celebrations with the local authorities and the fans at the Santiago Bernabéu, it was proclaimed top scorer in the Champions League with 15 goals. And as Messi said, ten of those goals were achieved in the knockout rounds: achieved two triples in a row in the round of 16 against PSG and in the first leg of the quarterfinals against Chelseacontinued in the second leg with the goal in extra time that finished off the defending champions, and against Manchester City he added a brace at the Etihad and another from a penalty in extra time to give Real Madrid a spot in the final in Paris.
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Benzema figure in the third placement of the all-time Champions League scorers together with the Polish Robert Lewandowskicon 86 so manyjust behind the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (140) and of Leo Messi (125).
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The panel of observers also chose the once ideal of the season, in which Benzema is joined by his teammates Thibaut Courtois, chosen as the best player in the final, Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior, scorer of the winning goal against Liverpool, who have four players on the team.
Eleven is as follows: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Fabinho (Liverpool), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) and Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid). Vinicius Junior has been, in turn, chosen as the best young player of the campaign, in which he has distributed six assists and has scored four goals, including the one in the final.
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