Kylian Mbappe, aged 25, was honoured as France’s Player of the Year during the UNFP (French Players’ Union) Trophies gala in Paris on Monday, marking his fifth consecutive win in the Ligue 1 category.

This recognition comes as Mbappe concludes his seven-season tenure with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), having delivered a stellar performance this season with 44 goals across all competitions for the club.

The French forward, who also captains the national team, recently confirmed his departure from PSG at the end of the ongoing campaign, with Real Madrid anticipated as his next destination.

“It is a page that is turning, a chapter of my life that is going to close,” Mbappe said.

“Ligue 1 will always have an important place in my life. It is the only League I have known in my career up till now.

“I have always tried to be an honourable representative of this League,” he added.

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“I will miss it for sure. It is a part of my life that is coming to an end. What is coming next is very exciting but that is something else.”

Mbappe’s final home match for PSG on Sunday saw him scoring amidst a surprising 3-1 defeat against Toulouse, elevating his tally to 27 goals for the Ligue 1 season, surpassing other contenders like Lille’s Jonathan David.

Despite the impending conclusion of his PSG chapter, Mbappe remains focused as PSG still has two more Ligue 1 fixtures scheduled before the French Cup final against Lyon on May 25. His outstanding performance earned him the respect of his peers, leading to his selection as the top player in Ligue 1, a title presented by former Olympic champion Marie-Jose Perec.

Other nominees for the prestigious award included Mbappe’s PSG teammate Ousmane Dembele, Pierre Lees-Melou from Brest, Marseille’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Lille’s Edon Zhegrova. Additionally, PSG’s dominance extended to other categories, with Warren Zaire-Emery securing the title of young player of the season and Gianluigi Donnarumma being recognized as the best goalkeeper.

Furthermore, Eric Roy from Brest clinched the coach of the year accolade for his remarkable achievement in leading the modest club from Brittany to European qualification for the first time in their history, solidifying their place among the top contenders in the league.