Kylian Mbappé voted best player in Ligue 1 for the fifth time

Kylian Mbappé voted best player in Ligue 1 for the fifth time
Kylian Mbappé voted best player in Ligue 1 for the fifth time

Kylian Mbappé was crowned best player in Ligue 1 on Monday during the UNFP Trophies in Paris, for the fifth consecutive time, before his departure from PSG whose control over these end-of-season awards was only thwarted by Brestois Eric Roy , named best coach. Mbappé, who played his last match at the Parc des Princes on Sunday with the Parisian jersey, improves a record he already held: never has a player been more crowned than him with this prize awarded by the players’ union (UNFP) since 1994 and whose winners are elected by their peers.

Mbappé outclasses the other nominees

Despite a lackluster season for a player of his stature, especially since February and the announcement of his departure from the club which leaked to the press, Mbappé outclasses the other nominees, his teammate Ousmane Dembélé and Brestois Pierre Lees-Melou, real metronome of the surprise team of the season, in particular. “It’s difficult, eh? A lot more than it might seem” explained the player, referring to his departure from France at the end of the season, probably to Real Madrid.

“This is a chapter of my life that will close. Ligue 1 always has an important place in my life. I tried to do honor, to be a worthy representative of this championship. I am leaving with my head held high. But I would never have been able to do it without Monaco, and of course PSG, where I rubbed shoulders with exceptional players” he added, thanking all the members of the club, without forgetting neither its president nor the Emir of Qatar, owner of PSG, what he did during his video formalizing his departure on Friday.

Among all the records he already has, Mbappé, still scoring on Sunday despite PSG’s defeat at home against Toulouse (3-1), should become the top scorer in the championship for the sixth consecutive year. His way, whose emotions are always hushed and put in the background in favor of his sporting performances, of leaving an indelible mark on the French championship where he played for nine seasons, two at Monaco and seven at PSG.

“Today, it’s just a 25-year-old guy thanking you. In Ligue 1, I always had the impression of being loved and it’s a pleasant feeling” Mbappé explained again, in front of his father Wilfrid on the verge of tears in the audience.

Warren Zaire-Emery named best hopeful of the season

In addition to Mbappé’s new trophy, the Parisian club, crowned champion of France for the 12th time in its history, has won almost all of the rewards awarded by the UNFP. His young teammate Warren Zaire-Emery, in a very open category, was named Best Hope of the season, a season that he hopes will be long: “the Euro, the Olympics, the baccalaureate, another trophy with the club, there is still a lot to achieve,” he declared after receiving his trophy. The Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma was voted best goalkeeper. PSG also places seven players among the eleven in the standard team of the season.

Even among the women, Paris stands out, since its Malawian attacker Tabitha Chawinga, top scorer, best passer, was crowned best player of the D1 season.

Eric Roy preferred to Luis Enrique

Only the title of best coach escaped the capital club, Brestois Éric Roy having been preferred to Luis Enrique. Roy’s reward is not usurped: arriving at Brest’s bedside in January 2023, he managed to save the Breton club from relegation last season, before propelling it, for the first time in its history, to the Coupe d Europe, at least in the Europa League, maybe even in the Champions League, an extraordinary performance.

Another Brestois, attacking midfielder Kamory Doumbia, obtained the Just Fontaine Trophy for the best in L1, awarded by a public vote, for one of his four goals scored the same day against Lorient during the 17th day.

Auxerre wins the biggest prizes

In Ligue 2, Auxerre, already champion and promoted, won the most important prizes, its midfielder Gauthier Hein being crowned best player of the season and Christophe Pélissier, best coach.

The Stéphanois, still in the running for a possible return to Ligue 1, were also rewarded with Gautier Larsonneur, elected best goalkeeper, and Irvin Cardona, who won the Just Fontaine Trophy for the best goal in Ligue 2 awarded by a public vote .

As for the game directors, François Letexier, selected, with Clément Turpin, to referee the Euro in Germany in June, succeeds himself by being elected best referee of the season. N.1 referee in France, François Letexier, who notably directed the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the beginning of April, was appointed on Monday to direct the final of the Coupe de France between PSG and Lyon, May 25 in Lille.

In the additional awards, in this Olympic year, a UNFP honorary trophy was awarded to the 1984 French Olympic team, gold medal at the Los Angeles Games and that of the citizen player was awarded this year to Raphaël Varane “for all of his commitments”.

The winners of the 32nd French football UNFP trophy ceremony awarded Monday evening for the 2023-24 season.

Best player in Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain)

Best prospect in Ligue 1: Warren Zaire-Emery (Paris Saint-Germain)

Best goalkeeper in Ligue 1: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain)

Best coach in Ligue 1: Éric Roy (Stade Brestois)

Typical Ligue 1 team: Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG) – Achraf Hakimi (PSG), Leny Yoro (Lille), Marquinhos (PSG), Bradley Locko (Brest) – Vitinha (PSG), Warren Zaire-Emery (PSG), Pierre Lees -Melou (Brest) – Ousmane Dembélé (PSG), Pierre-Émerick Aubameyang (Olympique de Marseille), Kylian Mbappé (PSG)

Best referee in Ligue 1: François Letexier

Just Fontaine Trophy for the best goal in Ligue 1: Kamory Doumbia (Brest) against Lorient (J17)

Best player in Ligue 2: Gauthier Hein (Auxerre)

Best goalkeeper in Ligue 2: Gautier Larsonneur (Saint-Étienne)

Best coach in Ligue 2: Christophe Pélissier (Auxerre)

Typical Ligue 2 team: Gautier Larsonneur (Saint-Étienne) – Paul Joly (Auxerre), Anthony Briançon (Saint-Étienne), Jubal Jr. (Auxerre), Ali Abdi (Caen) – Gauthier Hein (Auxerre), Himad Abdelli (Angers), Ilan Kebbal (Paris FC) – Gaëtan Perrin (Auxerre), Alexandre Mendy (Caen), Loïs Diony (Angers)

Best referee in Ligue 2: Nicolas Rainville

Just Fontaine Trophy for the best goal in Ligue 2 (public vote): Irvin Cardona (Saint Etienne) against Bordeaux (J33)

Best D1 player: Tabitha Chawinga (Paris Saint-Germain)

Best D1 goalkeeper: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC)

Best D1 prospect: Louna Ribadeira (Paris FC)

Typical D1 team: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC) – Ellie Carpenter (Olympique Lyonnais), Élisa De Almeida (PSG), Griedge Mbock (OL), Sakina Karchaoui (PSG) – Inès Benyahia (Le Havre), Grace Geyoro (PSG) , Lindsey Horan (OL) – Delphine Cascarino (OL), Eugénie Le Sommer (OL), Tabitha Chawinga (PSG)

Best French player abroad: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)

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