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Karim Benzema and Vinicius awarded with Best Goal and Best Young Player awards



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The UEFA ceremony on Thursday in Istanbul saw Europe’s footballing body announce the groups for the upcoming 2022/23 Champions League campaign.

For the defending champions Real Madrid, they have been drawn in Group F, alongside RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic.

Apart from the draws, UEFA also presented Karim Benzema with the Player of the Year award while Carlo Ancelotti was handed the prestigious Coach of the Year title, capping off an excellent evening for Los Blancos.

However, that was not the end of the story as several other Real Madrid players were handed major accolades, including Vinicius Junior.

The young forward was given the Young Player of the Season title after starring in Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph last season, scoring four goals and providing seven assists.

Other than that, UEFA also announced its Team of the Season, featuring no less than five Real Madrid players, which confirms earlier reports about the same.

The XI features goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, along with Benzema and Vinicius. Luka Modric is the other player to feature, along with new signing Antonio Rudiger, who had been the lynchpin for the Chelsea defence despite the Blues’ early elimination from the UCL last season.

Overall, it was a glorious evening for Real Madrid and its fans, who will be hoping the club continue its dominance not only in Spanish football but also on the continental scene in the new season.


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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January



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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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