The UEFA Champions Leage Group Stage just concluded and Real Madrid have been placed in the same group with RB Leipzig, Shakthar Donetsk, and Celtic.
Karim Benzema, the star forward for Real Madrid, has been named Uefa’s Mens Player of the Year for his ridiculous goal-scoring exploits in both Spain and Europe last season.
The Frenchman deserved to win the award for a number of reasons, not the least of which was his incredible 15-goal performance in the Champions League last season. The forward was instrumental in Los Blancos’ historic 14th UCL trophy.
Benzema was one of three finalists for the award; the others were Thibaut Courtois of the same Santiago Bernabeu team and Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City.
The Brazilian superstar Vinicius Jr scored the game-winning goal as Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid defeated Liverpool in last year’s final. Ancelotti was also honored with the Men’s Coach of the Year title, capping off a memorable night for the La Liga heavyweights.
During his own victory speech, Ancelotti praised Benzema, saying, “Karim is not only a wonderful striker, he is a brilliant footballer with a positive personality.”
“He learned a lot more this year than last. Strong in the locker room, he leads by example. Even though he is a friend of mine, it is not why I think he will play; instead, he is going to give it his all and be one of the best players there is. Because of Karim, we can count our blessings.”