Wednesday , February 21 2024

Zlatan Ibrahimovic voted Ligue 1 player of the year for third time

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been voted the French league’s player of the year for a third time by his fellow professionals.

Ibrahimovic beat off competition from teammate Angel di Maria, Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra and Nice winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

The Sweden international has scored a season-best 35 goals in the French league. Ibrahimovic scored a season-best tally of 30 goals in what is expected to be his final year in Paris

He’s the first player to score more than 30 in a season in France’s top division since Carlos Bianchi scored 37 in 1977-78.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc was voted coach of the year after leading his team to a fourth consecutive French title.

PSG can replicate the domestic treble it achieved last season after winning the League Cup last month. The champions takes on Marseille in the French Cup final on May 21.

Meanwhile, The Swede has dropped a big hint he will return to Milan when he leaves Paris at the end of the season.

‘It’s the biggest club I ever played for and I never wanted to leave,’ he told Football Italia,

Ibrahimovic stands alongside his PSG team-mates while collecting their team of the year awards

Ibrahimovic addresses the audience after being handed the player of the year trophy from Edgar Davids.Ibrahimovic addresses the audience after being handed the player of the year trophy from Edgar Davids

‘When I left Milan, it wasn’t my choice. I never wanted to leave,’ Ibra told Mediaset Premium this evening.

‘I love Milan and in my view it’s the biggest club I ever played for. My exit from Milan is the past and this is the future, we’ll see what happens.

‘Could my future also be my past? You never know, but we’ll see in a little while and then everyone will know.’

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