Several athletes from Benfica were distinguished in the 2018 CNID Awards! Jonas was considered the Liga NOS Footballer of the Year, the men's Roller Hockey team was considered the Team of the Year, while Fernando Pimenta and João Pereira distinguished as Athletes of the Year in canoeing and in triathlon, respectively.
In the I Liga, Jonas won the Top Scorer Award, with 34 goals – the best mark from a Benfica player after Eusébio, in 1973 – and finished the season as one of Europe's top scorers, jointly with Messi. The forward from the Eagles also won the Liga NOS Player of the Month six times in a row.
The men's Roller Hockey squad deserves the award by the Sport's Journalist by the conquest of the Intercontinental Cup against Reus. In Spain, the competition took place in a final four format, with the eagles beating Andes Talleres from Argentina (7-4) and in the final, the Spanish of Reus after winning by 5-3.
In the triathlon, João Pereira became European Champion in Kitzbühel, in Austria, after completing the event in 1h45m31s. In 2017, Fernando Pimenta kept winning medals in the canoeing, with the greatest emphasis being given to the Gold medal won in The Czech Republic, in K1 5000 m, in the World Championships.
BENFIQUISTAS DISTINGUISHED BY THE 2018 CNID AWARDS
Footballer of the Year (Liga NOS)
Team of the Year
Men's Roller Hockey team
Athlete of the Year
Fernando Pimenta (canoeing)
João Pereira (triathlon)
Text: Marco Rebelo
Pics: Archive / SL Benfica