Mon 29 May 2023 9:46 am - Jerusalem Time
French Championship: Mbappe is the best player in the league for the fourth year in a row
Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe was named the best player in the French Football League for the fourth year in a row at the ceremony that was held in Paris on Sunday.
Mbappe, 24, surpassed the captain of the French national team, who was crowned for the fourth time after the years 2019, 2021 and 2022, the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the three-time winner of this award, which has been awarded by the Players Association since 1994. The award was not awarded in 2020 due to the repercussions of the Corona virus.
It is the seventh time in a row that a player from Saint-Germain, the league champion this season, for the eleventh time in its history, won the award after Ibrahimovic (2016), Uruguayan Edinson Cavani (2017) and Brazilian Neymar (2018).
And after receiving the award from the coach of the "Roosters" team, Didier Deschamps, he wanted "above all" to send "my sincere thoughts" to the second goalkeeper in the Spanish team, Sergio Rico, who fell from his horse on Sunday morning and suffered serious injuries.
He added, "There are things more important than football, the whole club is with it, and I wanted to have a sense of priorities by talking about that first."
Mbappe praised the other players, especially "Lens, who had a great season," and (Argentine) Leo (Messi), who also helped me, "but he was absent from the ceremony, and" it is a privilege to play with players like these.
On winning the award for the fourth year in a row, he said, "It gives me great pleasure, I have always wanted to win, to write my name in the history of the tournament. Even with all the ambition I had, I did not expect to win so quickly."
In response to a question about his future, last year's World Cup runner-up confirmed, "I will remain here next season."
The 2018 World Cup champion dominates the French League this season, as he leads the scorers’ ranking with 28 points, one goal ahead of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette before the last 38 stage. Mbappe is seeking to win the title of top scorer in “Ligue 1” for the fifth time in a row, to equal the number of Jean-Pierre Baban, the best scorer with Marseille between 1988 and 1992.
Mbappe also scored 7 goals in the Champions League and starred in front of the Baye de Castel amateur team in the French Cup by scoring five.
Mbappe scored 11 goals with France since September 2022 and led him to the Qatar World Cup final, where he lost to Argentina's Messi on penalties.
Lens coach Frank Eyes, 52, won the best coach award for the first time in his career, after leading his team to second place behind the Capital Club.
He became the third Lens coach to win the award after Daniel Leclerc, who led the club to its only league title in 1998, and Joel Mueller, who finished second behind Lyon in 2022.