Messi and Mbappe Are Nominated for a Ligue 1 Award


Messi and Mbappe Are Nominated for a Ligue 1 Award

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In what promises to be an exciting race for the UNFP Ligue 1 ‘Player of the Year’ award, Paris Saint-Germain’s dynamic duo, Kylian Mbappe, and Lionel Messi have been nominated for the prestigious accolade for their outstanding performances during the 2022-23 season. The announcement, made by the UNFP on their official website, has sparked anticipation among fans and pundits alike.

Mbappe, who has already clinched the award three times in the past, has once again been a driving force for PSG. The French forward has showcased his incredible talent, netting an impressive 26 goals and providing five assists in 31 league appearances this season. His remarkable goal-scoring record has been pivotal in PSG’s bid for domestic glory.

Not to be outdone, Lionel Messi, the Argentine maestro who joined PSG last summer, has made an immediate impact in Ligue 1. With 15 goals and an equal number of assists in 29 league games, Messi has demonstrated his trademark finesse and vision on the pitch. His partnership with Mbappe has been a sight to behold, causing havoc for opposing defenses.

However, Mbappe and Messi face stiff competition from their fellow nominees. Lois Openda and Seko Fofana, both from RC Lens, have enjoyed stellar seasons and played integral roles in their team’s success.

Ils ont laissé leur empreinte dans l’esprit de leurs adversaires et des fans 👣

Au-dessus du lot toute la saison, ils méritent d'être nommés pour le Trophée UNFP du Meilleur Joueur de @Ligue1UberEats 🏆

J.David, S.Fofana, K.Mbappé, L.Messi, L.Openda ⭐️ #TropheesUNFP

— UNFP (@UNFP) May 16, 2023


Other Nominees

Openda, a talented 23-year-old striker, has been instrumental in Lens’ title challenge, finding the back of the net 19 times in 35 Ligue 1 matches. Fofana, a midfield powerhouse, has been the driving force behind Lens’ resurgence, helping them secure second place in the standings, trailing PSG by a mere six points.

Another nominee, Jonathan David from LOSC Lille Metropole, has also caught the attention of fans and pundits alike. The Canadian center-forward has had an exceptional season, scoring 21 goals and contributing four assists in 34 Ligue 1 appearances. David’s impressive performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid reportedly expressing interest in his services.

Notably absent from the list is Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon, who sits just one goal behind Mbappe in the race for the league’s top scorer. Lacazette’s exclusion from the nominations has raised eyebrows among fans, given his impressive contributions to Lyon’s campaign this season.

Other Reports on Messi

In other news, Lionel Messi recently returned from a two-game suspension imposed by PSG for an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia. The suspension was cut short following a public apology from the Argentine star. Messi marked his return to the pitch against Ajaccio on May 13, starting alongside Mbappe in PSG’s attack. Although Messi did not find the back of the net or provide an assist, his presence contributed to PSG’s resounding 5-0 victory, with Mbappe netting a brace.

While the race for the ‘Player of the Year award heats up, uncertainty looms over Lionel Messi’s future at PSG. Reports suggest that the 35-year-old is likely to leave the club as a free agent this summer, with Inter Miami and Barcelona expressing interest in securing his services. Furthermore, an unnamed Saudi Arabian club has reportedly made an enticing offer to lure the legendary forward away from Europe.

As the season reaches its climax, all eyes will be on the Ligue 1 stars vying for the coveted ‘Player of the Year’ award. The winner will undoubtedly earn recognition for their exceptional performances and contributions to their respective teams throughout the thrilling 2022-23 campaign.


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