Karim Benzema wins UEFA Player of the Year as Carlo Ancelotti crowned best Manager
Karim Benzema, a striker for Real Madrid, and Carlo Ancelotti, the club’s coach, were awarded UEFA Player and Coach of the Year, respectively, after guiding the team to a record-extending 14th Champions League title last season.
In the competition, Benzema scored 15 goals, and after the Spanish team defeated Liverpool in the UEFA final game, he won the trophy for the fifth time in his career.
Ancelotti became the first manager to four times take home the most coveted club title in Europe. Before capturing it with Real in 2014, he originally won the title with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007.
Ancelotti responded, “The enthusiasm I have for the sport and the quality of the players,” when asked how he had become the most effective coach in the competition.
We achieved an extraordinary feat last season because to the excellent chemistry between the supporters and the players, both experienced and young.
Ancelotti said the following about Benzema: “Karim is not just a wonderful striker and top scorer; he’s a fantastic footballer, supported by excellent mentality day by day.”
“Compared to last year, he improved his knowledge this year. He knows the game really well and how to manage the game.
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He’s also a strong leader in the dressing room and a good friend of mine. Karim is a blessing to have here.
Women’s player of the year winner Alexia Putellas of Barcelona defeated Beth Mead of England and Lena Oberdorf of Germany to claim the title.
Last season, Putellas, who also won the Ballon d’Or last year, scored 34 goals for Barcelona as the team won every domestic trophy and advanced to the Champions League final.
The 28-year-old, however, was unable to compete in the Euros because she tore her knee ligaments during practice.