Yesterday Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals in the 3-1 victory against Brest. Tonight he threw on the tuxedo and went to the French Football Awards, Trophées UNFP du football. There he would find out if the players and coaches in the league voted Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the player of the year in the French league, Ligue 1.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was nominated for the award of player of the year along with teammates Thiago Silva and Blaise Matuidi and Saint Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. And when the winner was read out Zlatan Ibrahimovic could conclude that prize as the player belonged to him.
It was a tough battle for votes with defense giant Thiago Silva, who should have been ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic well into the counting of votes. But when all the votes was counted together eventually Zlatan Ibrahimovic won.
– A great honor to receive this award by David Ginola, a double honor that way. I respect all the players, but I particularly want to thank the members of our staff. We were favorites and we managed to win, thanks coach and all the players, it was a hard job, but to succeed in this way is fantastic. Thanks to all the other nominees and thank all said Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he accepted the award.
Zlatan now joins a great list of players who have won this award before hime. Or what about David Ginola in 1994, Zinedine Zidane in 1996 and Didier Drogba in 2004?
– We had already won the title, it was the most important. It’s fun to be good individually, but that’s mainly because the team is good. Last year, I sis not win any title and it was not fun. Without the prices a season is not a success. Things like this is important, to win the top scorer is just a bonus.
Carlo Ancelotti has otherwise been in the headlines in France by the increasingly strong rumors that Carlo Ancelotti is leaving for Real Madrid this season. In the mixed zone, he was asked about what happens if Carlo Ancelotti disappears.
– I do not know. I have not heard anything, nothing is official. I do not think he’s going to leave, I’ve had a fantastic season with him, I’ve done such a fantastic season thanks to him, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
When asked whether he will remain next year, he came straight to Ancelotti again.
– It depends on who is coaching the team … No, I’m kidding, I’m happy here and have two years left on the contract. Paris is a big project, I hope to be here next year too and win as well.
For Zlatan now only one league match remains of the season, away against Lorient next weekend. Then he aims to outdo Jean-Pierre Papins goal record in PSG on 30 goals in the season 1989/90. Before the final round standing Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 29 goals, and with this Zlatan leads the top scorer with 10 goals.