The title recognizes the footballer’s great performances with his Italian team in their most decisive games, including those against Spanish rival FC Barcelona and the Italian team Crotone.
The 30-year-old footballer scored a magnificent winning goal against Cote d’Ivoire on November 11 in the last qualifier game in Abidjan. The game finished with 2-0 victory for the Moroccan team, who thus booked a place for the 2018 World Cup second round that will take place in Russia next summer.
International football bodies have commented on the footballer’s professional football skills, including FIFA.
Highlighting the footballer’s strength, FIFA said in its statement welcoming Morocco back to the World Cup that “in captain Mehdi Benatia, a powerful and composed center-half, Morocco possesses one of the best defenders in Africa.”