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Benzema voted France's player of the year

Latest update : 2008-05-12

Zinedine Zidane handed 20-year-old Karim Benzema the 'Player of the Year' award after the Lyon striker was elected best player by his fellow professionals. Eagerly awaited at EURO 2008, France's young prodigy scored 23 goals this season.

 

Lyon striker Karim Benzema has picked up the award of France's Player of the Year awarded by his fellow professionals accepting the trophy from former winner Zinedine Zidane.

 

The 20-year-old French international has played 35 league games for the reigning champions this year with one match remaining next weekend to decide the title between Lyon and Bordeaux and four games in the Champions League.

 

He has scored a total of 23 goals total from both competitions and will be one of the key players for his country at next month's Euro 2008 Championships in Austria and Switzerland.

 

"I never dreamt I would win this trophy, but I am absolutely delighted," he said.

 

"What matters most though is scoring for the club's sake and our target is to win the league and cup double for Lyon for the first time in the club's history."

 

Lyon play Paris St Germain in the French Cup final at the Stade de France, Paris on May 28.

 

Benzema has been attracting interest from several bigger European sides including Manchester United, but he said after accepting the award that he was certain he would still be with Lyon next season.

Date created : 2008-05-12

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