Karim Benzema named UEFA player of year, Ancelotti wins coach’s award

The Serbian previously said he was prepared to miss Grand Slam tournaments that require participating players to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Djokovic was on the entry list for the Aug. 29-Sept. 11 tournament in New York. The 35-year-old was also unable to defend his Australian Open crown this year after being deported from the country over his vaccination status. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) described Djokovic's absence as "unfortunate" but looked forward to having him back at Flushing Meadows next year.

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema was crowned UEFA Player of the Year and Carlo Ancelotti was honoured as Coach of the Year after guiding the team to a record-breaking 14th Champions League triumph last season.

The Spanish team defeated Liverpool in the final, and Benzema won the title for the fifth time in his career after scoring 15 goals in the campaign.

Ancelotti is the first coach to win the most coveted club title in Europe four times. He initially won the championship with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007, and then with Real in 2014.

 “The passion I have for the sport and the quality of the players”. Ancelotti said When asked how he had become the most successful coach in the competition

“Last season there was a fantastic connection between the veterans and young ones, there was fantastic chemistry with the supporters that helped us reach an unbelievable achievement.”

On Benzema, Ancelotti said: “Karim is not just a fantastic striker and top scorer, he’s a fantastic footballer, supported by great attitude day by day.

“Compared to last year, this year he improved his knowledge, he knows the game really well, how to manage the game and he’s a strong leader in the dressing room and a good friend of mine. We are lucky to have Karim.”

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