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Football: Kylian Mbappé and Marie-Antoinette Katoto voted best players of the season

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé was voted best Ligue 1 player of the season for the third time on Sunday May 15 at the UNFP Trophies ceremony. It is the sixth time in a row that a PSG player has won the title, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2016), Edinson Cavani (2017), Neymar (2018) and Mbappé (2019, 2021). Due to the pandemic there were no trophies in 2020.

The French has ” nearly “ decided whether he would stay at Paris Saint-Germain or leave, but did not reveal his choice after receiving his honour. “Yes, yes almost”, he replied when asked if he had made up his mind. The suspense to know if he stays or if he leaves, presumably at Real Madrid, “It’s almost over”added the player whose contract with PSG expires in June.

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Top scorer (25 goals) and best passer (17 assists) in Ligue 1, “Kyky” (23) flew over the season and carried PSG to its tenth title of champion of France, equaling the record of Saint-Etienne. Winner of the League of Nations with the France team, Mbappé failed in the Champions League, but he scored the two goals for PSG against Real Madrid in the round of 16 (1-0/1-3).

Marie-Antoinette Katoto top scorer

PSG striker Marie-Antoinette Oda Katoto during the match between Yzeure and Paris Saint-Germain on May 15, 2022 in Dijon.

On the women’s side, it was Paris Saint-Germain and France women’s team striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto who was voted best player of the season for the first time. Aged 23, the top scorer in Division 1 (18 goals) succeeds her teammate Kadidiatou Diani.

Katoto was not on the TV set of the Pavillon Gabriel which hosted this Sunday the 30and edition of the UNFP Trophies, to receive her prize because she played and won the final of the Coupe de France in Dijon, against Yzeure (8-0), where she scored a hat-trick.

The PSG striker was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Champions League by Lyon (3-2/2-1) and is left behind by Lyon in the race for the title of champion. With the France team (28 caps, 24 goals), she is one of the favorites for Euro 2022 in England. Trained at PSG, Katoto was French champion in 2021 and won two French Cups (2018 and 2022).

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The World with AFP

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