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Official: Real Madrid hit double jackpot at the UEFA Awards

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The UEFA ceremony recently came to a conclusion, and needless to say, it was dominated by last season’s champions Real Madrid.

Karim Benzema, in particular, was voted UEFA Player of the Year after a stellar campaign that saw him score 15 goals in the Champions League last season.

The Frenchman had indeed played a crucial role in Real Madrid’s successful 2022/23 campaign, notably starring in comeback wins against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

While Benzema bagged the POTY, Carlo Ancelotti was handed the Coach of the Year title for helping Real Madrid restore their lost glory by winning the Champions League and La Liga titles.

The Italian’s masterful man-management coupled with his experience in handling pressure cooker situations were vital in giving Los Blancos the edge in all the tough knockout matches in the Champions League last season.

Ancelotti, who has now bagged four Champions League titles during his coaching career, will be hoping to maintain his success in the 2022/23 season.

Real Madrid have been drawn against RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic in the Champions League draw, with the European champions set to kickstart their continental campaign in the first week of September.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”

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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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