Kylian Mbappe outshines Lionel Messi to win Ligue 1 Player of the Year award

Kylian Mbappe was named Ligue 1 Player of the Season for the fourth time in a row on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old has 28 league goals this season and is on track to finish as Ligue 1’s top scorer for the fifth season in a row.

The Frenchman was crowned in Paris ahead of colleague Lionel Messi, Lens duo Los Openda and Séko Fofana, and Lille forward Jonathan David.

The 2018 World Cup champion is the only player to have won the award four times, surpassing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who won it three times with PSG.

 

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“I want to thank all the players. Winning the league is a great honour for us,” Mbappe on receiving his award via PSG Chief.

I want to thank Leo Messi who really helped me a lot this season, the staff, the management and the people who work behind the scenes.”

Mbappe, scorer of 40 goals this campaign, snubbed Real Madrid at the end of last season and signed a new three-year contract to stay with PSG.

His contract will run out next year unless he exercises an option to stay until 2025, as per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

Asked about his future at the awards ceremony, Mbappe replied:

“There’s no more links about my future? I’m very happy here at PSG and with my choice to be part of this project”. I will be here at PSG next season.”

After a 1-1 draw at Racing Strasbourg on Saturday, PSG clinched the title with one game to go.

Other award winners

Franck Haise was named best coach of the season after leading RC Lens to second place, which will see the northern club play in the Champions League for the first time in 21 years, PSG Chief reports.

Lens also had four players in the team of the season -Brice Samba, defender Kevin Danso, midfielder Seko Fofana and striker Lois Openda – with Samba being named best goalkeeper.

PSG also had four players selected – forwards Mbappe and Lionel Messi plus fullbacks Nuno Mendes and Achraf Hakimi.

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