Benzema takes on two Belgians for UEFA Player of the Year Award

After his crazy season at Real Madrid, Karim Benzema has been nominated as a contender for the UEFA Player of the Year Award. The Frenchman competes with two Belgians for the prize, one of which is his teammate.
UEFA announces Friday afternoon that the battle will be for Benzema, Manchester City teammate Thibaut Courtois and Kevin de Bruyne. The French striker had an excellent season at De Koninklijke and managed to win both the Spanish league title and the Champions League. Benzema was especially valuable in the billion-dollar ball and had a large share in the comebacks against Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City.
Benzema left Olympique Marseille in 2009 to join Real Madrid and played for years in the service of Cristiano Ronaldo, the club‘s big star. However, the Portuguese left for Juventus in 2018 and since then Benzema has profiled itself as the major player of Los Blancos. The 34-year-old striker accounted for 44 goals and sixteen assists in 46 games last season. In the Champions League, the Frenchman scored no less than fifteen times in twelve games. By the way, Courtois was the big man in the Champions League final and kept Real going. The Belgian broke a new record: the goalkeeper completed nine rescues, which is unique in a Champions League final.

🥇 Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtois or Kevin De Bruyne? These are the three nominees for the 2021/22 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award. The winner will be announced at the 2022/23 #UCL group stage draw ceremony on 25 August! Full story and how voting works: ⬇️ #UEFAawards
— UEFA (@UEFA) August 12, 2022