On May 19th we will find out who is crowned player of the year in French football. Earlier this week the nominations for player of the year were announced. It was then not surprisingly league leader Paris Saint-Germain who dominated the nominations.
27 league goals and one of the key players at Paris Saint-Germain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been the main contributors to the League title win (which is not yet secured). Zlatan will also win the top scorer in the league this year. But coach Carlo Ancelotti does not consider Zlatan Ibrahimovic as player of the year in Ligue 1 but instead chooses Blaise Matuidi.
Only in the category of this year’s best player PSG has three of the four representatives. The three nominees are striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, center-back Thiago Silva, midfielder Blaise Matuidi and Saint-Etienne’s goal scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. One of them will take home the award as player of the year in the French league.
Ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Lyon, where a PSG win would secure the league title, manager Carlo Ancelotti was asked who he thinks will win the prize.
– Really Difficult. A player who is much better compared to last season, most of all, is Blaise Matuidi, Ancelotti said.
The 26 year old midfielder came to PSG in 2011 from Saint-Étienne and is now also an important cog in the French national team. Ancelotti himself may also be praised when Italian is nominated for this year’s coach.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, Paris Saint-Germain
Thiago Silva, 28, Paris Saint-Germain
Blaise Matuidi, 26, Paris Saint-Germain
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 23, Saint-Étienne
Carlo Ancelotti, Paris Saint-Germain
Elie Baup, Olympique de Marseille
Christophe Galtier, Saint-Étienne
Claude Puel, Nice