Yilmaz, Mbappe and Neymar nominated for Ligue 1 player of the year

PARIS (AFP) – Lille striker Burak Yilmaz and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) pair Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have been named among the five nominees for the Ligue 1 players’ player of the season award, the French league (LFP) announced yesterday.

Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder and Lyon forward Memphis Depay make up the list. Turkey veteran Yilmaz has hit a rich vein of form in the closing stages of the campaign, netting six times in five matches to put Lille on the brink of a shock title success.

Mbappe is still Ligue 1’s top scorer this term with 25 goals, six clear of Ben Yedder and Depay, but Neymar has endured a frustrating season, netting only eight times while spending time sidelined through injury, suspension and after contracting coronavirus.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal. PHOTO: AFP