Nyon, June 1 / BNA / The European Football Association (UEFA) announced that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was named the best player in the Champions League after an impressive season in 2021-22 where he finished top scorer.
Benzema, the 34-year-old French international, won the tournament for the fifth time, as Real beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final after scoring 15 goals in 12 matches, including a hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the playoffs.
Benzema’s teammate Vinicius Jr., who scored the only goal in the final in Paris, was named the tournament’s best young player.
The duo was also named to the Team of the Season alongside Real midfielder Luka Modric and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who starred in the standoff at the Stade de France.
And runners-up Liverpool were represented by defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, in addition to midfielder Fabinho.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne completed the squad.
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 Saint-Germain), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid).