Ca­vani is French play­ers’ player of the year

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Paris Saint-Ger­main’s Uruguayan striker Edin­son Ca­vani was voted French play­ers’ player of the year on Monday with Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe win­ning the Un­der-21’s ti­tle.

Ca­vani has flour­ished in the ab­sence of de­parted Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and has notched up 35 league goals so far since mov­ing into the cen­tre-for­ward slot from the wing where he was ex­iled while the gi­ant Swede was around.

With two games of the sea­son to go, Ca­vani has 48 goals for PSG in all com­pe­ti­tions, two short of the French record of 50 set by Ibrahi­movic last sea­son.

The award comes dur­ing a tough sea­son for Paris who were hu­mil­i­ated by Barcelona and ap­pear to have lost their league ti­tle to Monaco.

“I would have pre­ferred col­lec­tive awards to a per­sonal one but this sea­son will teach us many pos­i­tive things for the up­com­ing one,” Ca­vani said.

The 30-year-old edged Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva into sec­ond while Lyon striker Alexan­dre La­cazette was third.

Mbappe, just 18, has had a sen­sa­tional break out year, es­pe­cially since the win­ter break, while his coach at Monaco, Leonardo Jardim, won the coach’s award. THE AWARDS

BEST PLAYER: Edin­son Ca­vani (PSG)

BEST UN­DER-21: Kylian Mbappe (Monaco)

BEST FE­MALE PLAYER: Sak­ina Kar­chaoui (Mont­pel­lier)

BEST COACH: Leonardo Jardim (Monaco)

DREAM TEAM (4-3-3): Dani­jel Suba­sic (Monaco); Djib­ril Sidibe (Monaco), Kamil Glik (Monaco), Thi­ago Silva (PSG); Ben­jamin Mendy (Monaco), JeanMichael Seri (Nice), Marco Ver­ratti (PSG), Bernardo Silva (Monaco); Alexan­dre La­cazette (Lyon), Edin­son Ca­vani (PSG), Kylian Mbappe (Monaco)

BEST GOAL: Mem­phis De­pay (Lyon) against Toulouse (29th round of games). AFP


Paris Saint Ger­main for­ward Edin­son Ca­vani re­acts af­ter re­ceiv­ing the French play­ers’ Player of the Year award on Monday.

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