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Ibrahimovic named Player of Year

Ligue 1 > News
12/05/2014

Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named France's Player of the Year for the second season running at an awards ceremony in Paris on Sunday.

Fresh from winning a second successive Ligue 1 title with PSG, the 32-year-old Swedish striker retained the UNFP Player's Union Player of the Year prize, voted for by his peers. With one round of games still to play, Ibrahimovic tops the scorers' charts with 25 league goals. He has scored 40 times in all competitions, beating Carlos Bianchi's previous record of 39 set back in 1978.

"For the second year in a row, it is a great honour. I want to thank all the players, the coach, the staff and the supporters," said Ibrahimovic. "I think this has been my best season. The team have had a magnificent season. In the years to come I hope to win the league again, as well as the two Cups, the Champions League and more individual trophies."

After sweeping to the title and setting a new record points tally in the process, it was no great surprise to see Paris dominate the awards. Salvatore Sirigu was named Goalkeeper of the Year, notably pipping Lille's Nigeria star Vincent Enyeama, and midfielder Marco Verratti won the Young Player of the Year prize.

Six Paris players were named in the Team of the Year, but Lille's outstanding season was recognised in coach René Girard's victory in the Coach of the Year category.

The full list of awards (Winners voted for by members of the UNFP, France's Players' Union)

Ligue 1 Player of the Year

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain)

Goalkeeper of the Year

Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain)

Young Player of the Year

Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)

Coach of the Year

René Girard (LOSC Lille)

Ligue 1 Team of the Year

Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain); Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Loïc Perrin (Saint-Etienne), Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco); Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta (both Paris Saint-Germain), James Rodríguez (Monaco); Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani (both Paris Saint-Germain)

Ligue 2 Player of the Year

Diafra Sakho (FC Metz)

Goalkeeper of the Year

Alphonse Aréola (RC Lens)

Coach of the Year

Albert Cartier (FC Metz)

>> PLAYER PROFILE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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