Kylian Mbappe, a striker for Paris Saint-Germain, received the title of the best player in the French league for the third time in his career on Sunday. After accepting the prize, Mbappe deftly sidestepped a question about his future.
Next month, Mbappe’s contract at PSG will expire, and he has been rumored to be interested in joining Real Madrid, where he would create a formidable assault force alongside Karim Benzema. Mbappe responded that he didn’t want to make an announcement about his choice during the ceremony, but he did say, “Yes, pretty much” when asked if he’s decided whether or not he will remain with the club or leave it.
Mbappe has scored 25 goals for the team that won the French championship, making him the league’s leading scorer. In total, he has scored 36 goals across all competitions.
The National Union of Professional Football Players (UNFP) is the organization that decides which players in France’s top two divisions should get the honors each year.
Kylian Mbappe, who is now 23 years old, was the top player for France in 2018 and earned the honor again this year. In 2018, Mbappe scored a career-high 42 goals in all competitions.
“It is a privilege to come here at any time. Mbappe remarked that it was wonderful to have won for the third time in a row. This season, more than any other, I’ve really felt like people are recognizing my hard work.
The coronavirus epidemic that occurred in 2020 caused the season to conclude ten games early, hence the trophy was not presented that year.
Mbappe’s goals and assists masked PSG’s glaring deficiencies, which Madrid mercilessly exposed in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Despite the fact that PSG easily won the league title, which it had unexpectedly lost to Lille the previous season, Mbappe’s contributions helped PSG win the league title. Mbappe’s goals gave PSG a 2-0 lead going into the second leg of the tie, but Benzema’s hat trick completely dismantled the defense of PSG in the second leg, allowing PSG to concede three goals in less than 20 minutes.
Since Benzema made his comeback to the French national team after a seven-year absence, Mbappe’s relationship with Benzema has flourished, and the two of them have been quite productive for Les Bleus over the course of the past year.
In the final of the Nations League, in which France played against Spain, Benzema scored a fantastic goal, and Mbappe scored the game-winning goal.
Kylian Mbappe has scored 168 goals for Paris Saint-Germain since joining the club in a transfer from Monaco that cost 180 million euros ($187 million) five years ago. This is the second-best goal tally in the history of the club, trailing only former teammate Edinson Cavani, who has scored 200 goals.
Mbappe laughed and responded, “I want to keep improving,” when the on-stage interviewer asked him whether he felt he could overtake Cavani at PSG, which would clearly entail staying there. “I want to keep growing,” Mbappe remarked.
Mbappe stated, “I’m already extremely delighted to be in the top three,” after he passed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 156-goal total for PSG. “I’m already very happy to be in the top three.”
Mbappe was the shining light for France when they won the World Cup four years ago. However, despite massive spending on star players — including a world record 222 million euros ($231 million) on Brazil’s Neymar — PSG was unable to win the Champions League. This has proven to be frustrating for Mbappe.
Bruno Genesio of Rennes was recognized as the best coach, earning one of the four honors. The former Lyon head coach faced early criticism, but he remained true to his beliefs throughout the season. Rennes, who sits in fourth place and has scored 80 goals in 37 games, has played some of the most offensive soccer in France. They are only five goals behind PSG, who leads the league in goals scored.
Gianluigi Donnarumma of Paris Saint-Germain was awarded the prize for best goalkeeper, and William Saliba, a defender for Marseille who is currently playing on loan for Arsenal of the Premier League, was named the best young player. Saliba is 21 years old.
Mbappe’s contract is expired and he is currently searching for a new job with either Real Madrid or his current club PSG. Both clubs have offered him a job with a very huge salary but Mbappe has not decided yet.