UEFA has named the names of coaches and players who will fight for the title of the best in the last season.

Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne are the first three nominees for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year 2021/22 award.

The winner will be named along with the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year and the UEFA Women’s Player and Coach of the Year at the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Istanbul on Thursday 25 August.

Carlo Ancelotti, Josep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are the three nominees for the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year 2021/22 award.

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominees

Karim Benzema

The French striker has been named the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Player of the Season after leading Real Madrid to a record 14th Champions League win.

His final tally of 15 goals earned him first place in the competition’s scoring rankings.

Thibaut Courtois

The Belgian goalkeeper, who also won La Liga with Real Madrid, was man of the match in the Champions League final after making some impressive saves to beat back Liverpool in Paris to win the Champions League.

Kevin De Bruyne

The midfielder has been in the top three for the third consecutive season.

He was named Premier League Player of the Season after leading Manchester City to another domestic title, his fourth in seven seasons with the club.

The rest of the top 15 players

 

5. Luka Modric;

6. Sadio Mane;

7. Mohamed Salah;

8. Kylian Mbappe;

9. Vinicius Junior;

10. Virgil van Dijk;

11. Bernardo Silva;

12. Filip Kostic;

13. Lorenzo Pellegrini;

14. Trent Alexander-Arnold;

15. Fabinho.

Considered by many to be the most successful manager in the competition’s history, the 63-year-old Italian coach returned to the club last summer and led Real Madrid to a historic 35th La Liga title before becoming the first manager to win the European Cup/Championships Cup.

League for the fourth time since the club achieved glory in the final in Paris.

The 51-year-old Spaniard has previously won the award, having won four Premier League titles in the past five seasons since joining the club in 2016.

Last season, the team were considered favorites for the Champions League after reaching the final in a row.

However, a dramatic turn in Madrid ended hopes of European glory.

The German manager and his team dreamed of a quad before the final stages of the season, although they ultimately only won the FA Cup and League Cup in England and finished second in the Premier League and Champions League.

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