Kylian Mbappe receives top honor at UNFP trophies gala

Sports Desk

Published: May 14, 2024, 02:25 PM

Kylian Mbappe receives top honor at UNFP trophies gala

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Kylian Mbappe, the 25-year-old forward for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), was honored as France‍‍`s Player of the Year on Monday at the prestigious UNFP Trophies gala held in Paris. This marks the fifth consecutive time Mbappe has clinched the coveted title, underlining his remarkable prowess in Ligue 1.

Throughout the season, Mbappe showcased his exceptional talent, netting an impressive tally of 44 goals across all competitions for PSG. His outstanding performance on the field has not only earned him accolades but also stirred speculation about his future.

Confirming his departure from PSG at the end of the campaign when his contract concludes, Mbappe hinted at a potential move to Real Madrid, generating fervent anticipation among football enthusiasts worldwide.

Reflecting on his journey, Mbappe expressed gratitude for his time in Ligue 1, stating, "It is a page that is turning, a chapter of my life that is going to close." Emphasizing the significance of the league in his career, he added, "Ligue 1 will always have an important place in my life. It is the only league I have known in my career up to now."

Mbappe bid farewell to PSG fans in his final home game on Sunday, contributing a goal despite the team‍‍`s unexpected 3-1 defeat against Toulouse. With 27 goals in Ligue 1 this season, he solidified his position as the top scorer, surpassing his competitors by a notable margin.

As the season approaches its climax, PSG still has two Ligue 1 fixtures remaining, along with the highly anticipated French Cup final against Lyon scheduled for May 25th.

The UNFP Player of the Year award, voted by fellow players, was presented to Mbappe by Marie-Jose Perec, the renowned French former Olympic champion in track and field. Among the contenders for the honor were Mbappe‍‍`s PSG teammate Ousmane Dembele, along with notable players from other clubs.

Additionally, PSG‍‍`s exceptional performance this season was further recognized, with Warren Zaire-Emery securing the Young Player of the Season award and Gianluigi Donnarumma being honored as the Best Goalkeeper. Furthermore, Eric Roy of Brest clinched the Coach of the Year title for guiding the club to historic European qualification, marking a remarkable achievement in their football journey.

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