Karim Benzema has been voted the UEFA Player of the Year, and few will argue that he deserves it.
The French forward scored 15 goals in the Champions League on the way to the trophy and was crucial in all of their knockout ties.
Benzema will now look forward to a series of awards with the hope that he can take all of the individual prizes this year. The Frenchman scored 44 goals last season and was an essential player in the most successful side.
To win it at 34 would be proof of Benzema’s persistence and professionalism.
Benzema becomes the fifth Frenchman to win the prestigious award after Raymond Kopa, Jean-Pierre Papin, Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane.