Mbappé, chosen as the best player in France for the fourth year

The French striker Kylian Mbappé was chosen this Sunday as the best player in the French league for the fourth consecutive edition of the local footballers union awards, awards that are awarded by vote of his colleagues.

Since they began to give these awards in 1994, no player had previously treasured three awards for best soccer player from the National Union of Professional Soccer Players (UNFP), three times the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic had won.

Mbappé has won the award in the last four editions, while in 2020 the award was canceled due to the pandemic.

The player received the award from the coach, Didier Deschamps, at a gala in Paris and dedicated his first words to his teammate Sergio Rico, who is in serious condition after falling from a horse in Andalusia.

His rivals for this award were his Argentine teammate Leo Messi, in addition to Lens Seko Fofana and Loïs Openda, and Lille’s Jonathan David.

“It’s a privilege to play with footballers like Messi,” said the 24-year-old striker, who assured that he has always had “the ambition to mark history”, but acknowledged that “I wasn’t thinking of doing it so quickly”.

Mbappé ruled out leaving PSG next season, with whom he still has a one-year contract, although he did not clarify whether he will activate the extra season that he has agreed with the club.

The striker received the award a day after winning his sixth lightweight title, thanks in part to his 28 goals, to which he added another seven in the Champions League, where his club was eliminated in the round of 16.

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He is in contention to finish for the fifth season as top scorer, which would equalize with Jean-Pierre Papin. With one day to go, he has one more goal than Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

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