Real Madrid: After winning the Fourteenth (0-1)… There were the individual prizes left. Some awards are given by a vote of a “panel of technical observers” that does not respond to statistics but subjective judgments.
Real Madrid has decked out of its grand gala with that criterion in hand. Ancelotti’s team has won the award for best player of the entire edition (Benzema) and the best young player (Vinicius).
In addition, they have four players in the ideal eleven: Courtois, Modric, Vinicius, and Benzema. However, a fifth look sideways: Rüdiger, whose signing will be official in the coming days.
There was little doubt. But this award can serve as a thermometer for the Ballon d’Or that will be delivered on October 17. In addition to being the flag of the comebacks (with the permission of a heroic, Rodrygo), Karim has been the top scorer of the entire edition, with 15 goals.
That figure is, at the same time, his argument and thorn because he has been two blows away, only two, from equaling the record of 17 that Cristiano Ronaldo signed. Despite this, his numbers have credited him with more than enough to take the MVP.
Vinicius: the best young man
The author of the goal in Paris. His contribution as a squire has been outstanding, and the data prove it. Since the catastrophic defeat in Paris (1-0), he intervened in at least one goal almost to the final, either giving it or scoring it.
On the return, he gave an assist to Benzema; in the tie against Chelsea, one to the Frenchman in each game (in the first leg, to head, and in the second leg, to put the 2-3 in extra time). And against City, at the Etihad, he broke Fernandinho down the left wing to score a goal with almost no angle.
He was only ‘absent’ on the return. And it was to reappear in the final, nothing more and nothing less, than through the big door. He has scored four goals and provided seven assists in total.
Eleven ideal: four… and a half
As the canons dictate, the MVP and the best young man also have to be on the course team. Otherwise, it would not be understood. But Real Madrid has two more players in the best team in this Champions League: Courtois and Modric.
The Belgian has been the goalkeeper who has stopped the most in the whole edition (59) and the one who has made the most stops in the history of a Champions League final (nine miracles in Paris).
On the other hand, the Croatian gave almost 1,000 touches to the ball, had a 91% efficiency in his passes, and, as a curiosity, 62% were in the opposite field. One has just lifted its first Champions League, and the other, it’s fifth.
UEFA’s ideal eleven also has a future Real Madrid player: Rüdiger. The center-back, whose transfer is already closed and will be official in the coming days, accompanies a full-net defense, with Alexander-Arnold at right-back (despite his misstep in Paris), Van Dijk in the center, and Robertson, in the left-handed lane. Modric, Fabinho, and De Bruyne have been awarded in the midfield. And upstairs… The trident that could be: Mbappé, next to Benzema and Vinicius.