Mbappé, Terrier, Payet, Ben Yedder and Paqueta contenders for the title of best Ligue 1 player

Best player: The pass of three for Kylian Mbappe?

Winner of the last two editions as the best player, Kylian Mbappe, top scorer in the championship with 24 goals and best passer (15) seems to have the way to a new UNFP trophy. If he is the big favourite, the Parisian will still have to be wary of his second place Martin Terrier, master of the Rennes attack with his teammates Bourigeaud and Majer, but also third in the standings, Wissam Ben Yedder . The Monegask also broke a new record with his club last weekend, not saying his last word for the final three days of the championship.

Dimitri Payet, who has passed the mythical 100 assists bar since the league’s development, has made history in the Marseille jersey and would like to get closer to 100 goals to give even more courage (currently 88 goals).

Finally, Lucas Paqueta, author of a thunderous start to the season with Lyon but a little more behind in the final days, is a contender for the title of best player. With his eight goals and five assists this season, the Brazilian has every opportunity.

Best coach: Christophe Galtier candidate for his own succession?

Christophe Galtier has been at the top of the UNFP trophy’s best coaches since 2019 (no edition in 2020) and does not appear to have decided to leave his spot again this season as he is one of the nominees. Bruno Génésio (Renne) could be upsetting the vote due to his journey with Rennes to lead the Breton club to third place in Ligue 1 after successful performances.

Antoine Kombouaré (Nantes), author of a solid comeback with the Nantes play-off at the end of the 2020-2021 season, Jorge Sampaoli coach of a semi-finalist Marseille in the Europa League Conference or Julien Stéphan who takes Strasbourg to a place in The European league next season, if everything goes according to plan, there are also contenders.

The absence of Paris SG coach Mauricio Pochettino, who has been crowned Ligue 1 champions this season, may come as a surprise. It has only happened twice in thirty editions.

Best goalkeeper: Alban Lafont promised the trophy?

Credited with a 10 by L’Equipe for his performance against Paris and best penalty stopper in Ligue 1, Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont could very well win the UNFP trophy for best goalkeeper in Ligue 1. Walter Benitez (Nice), Gianluigi Donnarumma ( Paris SG), Pau Lopez (Marseille) and Matz Sels (Strasbourg) are in the running to try to take the title away from him. The Coupe de France final on Saturday between Nantes and Nice will also be an opportunity to see two of the five best goalkeepers of the season compete.

Best hope: who will succeed Aurélien Tchouaméni?

Last season, it was Aurélien Tchouaméni who inherited the Best Hope trophy and proved he deserved it. This season it is William Saliba, new French international thanks to his consistency in the Marseille jersey, who could be called the best hope of the season. So it’s hard not to pick him, but Arnaud Kalimuendo (Lens), Castello Lukeba (Lyon), Nuno Mendes (Paris SG), or even Khéphren Thuram (Nice) have solid arguments for trying to thwart the predictions.

Best D1 player: three Parisian contenders

Three Parisians have been nominated for the title of best D1 player for the 2021-2022 season: Kadidiatou Diani (Paris SG), Grace Geyoro (Paris SG) and Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris SG) confirmed the good performances that the PSG won the championship last season and will try to reclaim the trophy.

But the Lyonnaise Catarina Macario, second top scorer in the championship (13 goals) behind Katoto (17) could sow discord in the predictions. Fourth top scorer, Clara Matéo (FK Paris), is also a contender.

The trophies for the 30th edition will be awarded during the award ceremony on 15 May.

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