Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtois, and Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City have been shortlisted for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award for the 2021/22 season.
Benzema made 46 appearances for Madrid over the entire 2021/22 season, scoring 44 goals and dishing out 15 assists. He led the league in scoring for La Liga and the Champions League in goals for Madrid’s double victory.
The 34-year-old scored the winning goal in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup victory over Eintracht Frankfurt and is widely considered the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or this year.
For Madrid, Courtois was exceptional, turning in a man-of-the-match display in the Champions League final against Liverpool to help the Spanish giants win their 14th European Cup.
De Bruyne scored 15 goals in the league, leading City to their fourth title in five years. He was also named the league’s MVP. The midfielder has been included among the top three nominees for this award for the past three seasons in a row.
Meanwhile, the Men’s Coach of the Year award will be contested by Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City, and Jürgen Klopp, who guided Liverpool to a domestic double and a runner-up finish in the league, behind Guardiola and City.
On August 25, in conjunction with the group stage draw for the UEFA Champions League 2022/23, Istanbul, Turkey will host the UEFA Awards event.
During the ceremony, we will also find out who the Women’s Player of the Year and Women’s Coach of the Year are.