Real Madrid dominates the nominations for UEFA’s ‘Player of the Season’

The top three candidates for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award for 2021–2022 have been revealed.

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

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

Three individuals have been nominated for the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year 2021/22 honor: Carlo Ancelotti, Josep Guardiola, and Jurgen Klopp. 

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominees


Benzema, Karim (Real Madrid and France)


The French striker helped Real Madrid win a record-tying 14th European championship, earning him the title of UEFA Champions League Player of the Season 2021–2022.

His ultimate goal total of 15 put him in first place for the competition’s scoring rankings.

Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid and Belgium)


The goalie, who had won LaLiga with Real Madrid, was named the game’s most outstanding performer in the Champions League final in Paris after making numerous noteworthy saves to stop Liverpool, particularly from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Kevin  De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium)


The midfielder has finished in the top three for three straight years.

After leading City to another domestic championship, his fourth in his seven seasons at the club, he was awarded the Premier League Player of the Season.

The rest of the top 15 players

4. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, now Barcelona and Poland) – 54 points

5. Luka Modric (Real Madrid & Croatia) – 52 points

6. Sadio Mane (Liverpool, now Bayern Munich & Senegal) – 51 points

7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 46 points

8. Kylian Mbappe (PSG & France) – 25 points

9. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid & Brazil) – 21 points

10. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands) – 19 points

11. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City & Portugal) – 7 points

12. Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt & Serbia) – 7 points

13. Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma & Italy) – 5 points

14. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool & England) – 2 points

15. Fabinho (Liverpool & Brazil) – 1 point

Nominees for the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year


Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid)


After rejoining the team last summer, the Italian won LaLiga and, after guiding Real Madrid to victory in the 2022 final in Paris, became the first coach to win the European Cup/Champions League for a fourth time.

Josep Guardiola (Manchester City)


The 51-year-old Spanish manager led City to four Premier League titles in his final five seasons in command, and until a stunning reversal in Madrid, his team appeared headed for a second straight Champions League final.

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)


Even though they ultimately only won the FA Cup and League Cup in England and finished runners-up in the Premier League and Champions League, the German manager had his side daydreaming about a quadruple until the season’s closing weeks.

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