PSG’s Kylian Mbappe wins two awards
PSG striker Kylian Mbappe won France’s Player of the Year in France and the Young Player of the Year awards on Sunday night.
It’s been a remarkable campaign for Mbappe in the French capital.
In Ligue 1 he’s scored 32 goals in just 28 games.
Mbappe is the first French striker to score 32 goals in the league since Philippe Gondet did so for Nantes in 1965-66.
Overall, the 20-year-old World Cup winner has scored 40 goals in all competitions.
Mbappe drops PSG exit hint
But will Mbappe still be a PSG player at the start of the 2019-20 season?
The former Monaco starlet is under contract at the Parc de Princes until 2023.
However, when picking up his awards on Sunday night, Mbappe suggested he could leave PSG. He said:
It’s a very important moment for me, I come to a turning point in my career.
I have discovered a lot here, and I feel it is maybe the moment to have more responsibility.
I hope that can perhaps be at Paris St Germain, that would be a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere with a new project.
I want to first dedicate this to president Nasser (Al Khelaifi). He has always been honest with me since the first day I arrived so I want to thank him. I want to thank everyone here who contributed to this championship.
Mbappe has thrown his future into doubt by hinting that he could look elsewhere…😱
Could he really leave PSG?!? 😳 pic.twitter.com/Y65r3z4cjX
— Goal (@goal) May 19, 2019
Golden Shoe: Leo Messi vs Mbappe
For the past two seasons, Barcelona’s Leo Messi has won the Golden Shoe award.
The Golden Shoe is an award handed to the top scorer in league matches among the top divisions in Europe.
Messi is in line to win the award again this season, while Mbappe is the only player able to stop the Argentine.
On Sunday, in Barcelona’s final La Liga match of the season, Messi scored a brace in a 2-2 draw at Eibar.
Those goals meant Messi scored 36 goals in the Spanish top flight this season.
As for Mbappe, he also scored a brace last weekend as PSG beat Dijon 4-0.
Mbappe is up to 32 goals prior to PSG’s final match of the Ligue 1 season next weekend at Reims.
The equation is now simple for Mbappe. He needs to score four goals next weekend to share the Golden Shoe with Messi.
Kylian Mbappe is a savage 😬 pic.twitter.com/QkIlts24CJ
— Goal (@goal) May 20, 2019
Mbappe spoke about challenging Messi for the Golden Shoe, saying:
Yes I’m aiming for the Golden Shoe this year. This afternoon I took a break in my nap to see Messi’s match – after his two goals I went back to bed!
I still have 90 minutes (to play), I have nothing to lose!
Neymar & Rihanna
While Mbappe was winning awards on Sunday night, Neymar was hanging out with Rihanna.