A theatrical twist on the football world: crowned best player and best hope of the championship of France, Kylian Mbappé left some doubt about his future at PSG Sunday 19th May.
A plebiscite as a farewell gift? Kylian Mbappé, elected by his peers as best player and best hope of the French Championship for the 2018-19 season, surprised the audience by leaving a doubt about his future at PSG, on Sunday 19th May, 2019 at the UNFP trophies .
The evening of the 20-year-old French world champion, the first player in history to win the two individual prizes in the same season, took an unexpected turn when he was very evasive about his future at PSG just before the closing ceremony.
“This is an important moment for me. A turning point in my career, the moment to have more responsibilities. Maybe at PSG, maybe elsewhere.”
“For me, it was time to say it. I am someone whole: when I say something, I think it. It was the right moment to say it. That’s it, I said it! “, He added a few minutes later in the mixed zone, reiterating his desire to have even more” responsibilities “.
“If it’s at PSG, that’s good. If it is elsewhere, it will be elsewhere for a new challenge, “he concluded, while he would be in discussions for an extension of contract with the Paris club, according to many media.
This is a small twist, as the Parisian striker was focused on clearing speculation about his future in March, the day after the elimination in the Round of 16 Champions League against Manchester United, in an interview broadcast on TF1.
To the question, “Are you going to stay in Paris next season? He replied, “I think I’ll be here, that’s for sure. With this elimination, all the problems that will engender, it is useless that my personal situation comes to add. That’s it, it’s clear and it’s precise.
With such an output, the rumor machine, especially on the side of Real Madrid, where it is cited as one of Zinédine Zidane priority targets for the summer transfer window, is relaunched.
Golden Boot ? ” It is not finished ! “
Kylian Mbappé, who preceded his teammate Neymar , winner last season, however, took advantage of the injury of the Brazilian to win this season as the great architect of the title of French champion in Paris with 32 goals scored.
To win the European Golden Boot, which rewards the top scorer of the continent in the league on a season, it promises however insufficient …
The Paris striker must indeed achieve a quintuplé in Reims, during the last day of Championship, to double the Barcelona Lionel Messi (36 goals). Exploit feasible for the insatiable “shark” Thomas Tuchel?
“I tell myself that even if I lose, I lose against Messi, one of the greatest players in history. To think that perhaps, I held him (head) until the last match, it’s a pride too. But it is not finished ! He warned AFP.
In other categories, Christophe Galtier, who led Lille to 2nd place L1 to the surprise, was crowned best coach of the season.
Already co-winner in 2013 with Carlo Ancelotti (PSG), the former coach of Saint-Etienne (2009-2017) won this honorary award for the second time in his career.
Lille rewarded, Benzema honored
“I had very strong moments in Saint-Etienne, with trophies, the European Cup … but, automatically, it’s the best season of my career because no one was waiting for us there,” Galtier savored. .
In addition to his coach, the Lille club has also won another individual prize with Mike Maignan, crowned best goalkeeper of the championship.
Nicolas Pépé is part of his side of the standard team of Ligue 1, where appear six Parisians (Marquinhos, Silva, Verratti, Di Maria, Mbappé, Neymar).
During this evening gala, organized in the opulent setting of the Pavillon d’Armenonville in Paris, two former stars of the championship of France were honored.
The former idol of Marseille Didier Drogba received a trophy of honor for his entire career, while the former Lyonnais Karim Benzema , author of 21 goals in Liga with Real Madrid, was named best French of abroad.
On the womens side, Dzsenifer Marozsan once again outclassed the French players, notably her Lyon teammates Amandine Henry, Eugénie Le Sommer and Amel Majri.
The German international, who just won the Champions League on Saturday, wins the award for the third year in a row.
Marie-Antoinette Katoto of Paris, the top scorer in the women’s D1 but not selected with the Bleues to compete in the World Cup-2019 in France this summer, won the trophy of best hope. Like last year.