The Real Madrid forward wins the trophy after leading the league in scoring with 15 goals and driving his team to victory in a series of dramatic comebacks.
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid has been awarded the UEFA Champions League Player of the Season for the 2021/22 season by UEFA’s Technical Observer panel.
The French striker was a talismanic figure for Real Madrid, leading them to a record 14th European title, his fifth since joining from Lyon in 2009.
Not only did Benzema score double figures in the Champions League for the first time in his career, but his ultimate tally of 15 put him in first place in the competition’s scoring charts.
Surprisingly, eleven of those goals came in the knockout stages, starting with a game-changing late hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16.
He then added a treble away to Chelsea before burying the extra-time winner to knock out the holders in Spain.
He then scored three goals against Manchester City in the semi-finals, including the extra-time penalty that capped a stunning comeback.
Benzema, who did not add to his tally in the final, is now tied for third all-time in European Cup goals with Robert Lewandowski.
“He gets better every day, like wine,” his coach Carlo Ancelotti explained last month. “Every day he becomes an even better leader, and feels more how important he is for the team and for the club. We are really happy and lucky to have him.”