Real Madrid skipper Karim Benzema bags UEFA Player of the Year award – Entertainment SA

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France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been crowned as the new Men’s UEFA Player of the Year after guiding his side to European glory.

The Los Blancos skipper was named on Thursday together with his manager Carlo Ancelotti during the UEFA Champions League draw in Turkey.

Benzema has since credited his teammates for the accolade and expressed gratitude to his Italian boss, saying it’s an honour to work with him at Madrid.

The Les Bleus international was instrumental for the Spanish La Liga outfit as they beat English Premier League side, Liverpool, in the final last season.

The lanky forward also reserved praise for is manager, claiming he is blessed to work with the veteran tactician who was crowned the Men’s Coach of the Year.

“I would like to thank my teammates, my coach, and the president. Without the president of Real Madrid and Ancelotti, I would not have won this award,” he said, as quoted by RM4Arab.

“We at Real Madrid do not know how to give up, we fight for everything until the last moment.

“Ancelotti, in my opinion, is the best coach in the world. I’m very fortunate to play under Ancelotti and I hope he stays at Real Madrid for as long as possible.”

Benzema becomes the first Madrid player to secure the top accolade since 2017 when ex-captain Cristiano Ronaldo bagged it.

The former Chelsea manager also thanked his players and management when he collected the lucrative award, saying they had an incredible season.

“Thank you to UEFA for this award. What a night! It has been an incredible season. I want to thank Sachi, my teacher. I would like to thank the players, the clubs, the fans, my family, the staff, and the president. I want to thank everyone for this award,” he said.

Meanwhile, Madrid will start their UEFA Champions League title defence campaign against Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic FC, and RB Leipzig as they are in Group F.

Main Image: Karim Benzema/Twitter

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