Ligue 1 Player of the Year

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Zlatan Ibrahimović won the award three times playing for Paris Saint-Germain; the most wins by a single player.

The Ligue 1 Player of the Year, is an award given to the player whose performances are considered to be the best, playing in Ligue 1. The award has been presented since the 1993–94 season and the first winner of the award was Paris Saint-Germain Winger David Ginola. The current holder is Neymar, who won the award for his performances throughout the 2017–18 campaign for Paris Saint-Germain.

Key[edit]

  • Player (X) denotes the number of times a player has won the award (if more than one)
  •  §  Clubs with this background and symbol were Ligue 1 champions in the same season

Winners[edit]

David Ginola won the inaugural award in 1994.
Neymar is the current incumbent of the award.

This award has been presented 25 times as of 2018, with all winners being different aside from Pauleta who was the first two-time winner in 2001–02 and 2002–03, as well as the only two mulitiple time winners Eden Hazard and Zlatan Ibrahimović, who has won the award a record three times in 2012–13, 2013–14 and in 2015–16.

Season Player Position Nationality Club Notes
1993–94 David Ginola Forward  France Paris Saint-Germain§ [1]
1994–95 Vincent Guérin Midfielder  France Paris Saint-Germain [1]
1995–96 Zinedine Zidane Midfielder  France Bordeaux [1]
1996–97 Sonny Anderson Forward  Brazil AS Monaco§ [1]
1997–98 Marco Simone Forward  Italy Paris Saint-Germain [1]
1998–99 Ali Benarbia Midfielder  Algeria Bordeaux§ [1]
1999–2000 Marcelo Gallardo Midfielder  Argentina AS Monaco§ [1]
2000–01 Éric Carrière Midfielder  France FC Nantes§ [1]
2001–02 Pauleta Forward  Portugal Bordeaux [1]
2002–03 Pauleta (2) Forward  Portugal Bordeaux [1]
2003–04 Didier Drogba Forward  Ivory Coast Olympique Marseille [1]
2004–05 Michael Essien Midfielder  Ghana Olympique Lyon§ [1]
2005–06 Juninho Midfielder  Brazil Olympique Lyon§ [1]
2006–07 Florent Malouda Midfielder  France Olympique Lyon§ [1]
2007–08 Karim Benzema Forward  France Olympique Lyon§ [1]
2008–09 Yoann Gourcuff Midfielder  France Bordeaux§ [1]
2009–10 Lisandro López Forward  Argentina Olympique Lyon [1]
2010–11 Eden Hazard Midfielder  Belgium Lille OSC§ [1]
2011–12 Eden Hazard (2) Midfielder  Belgium Lille OSC [2]
2012–13 Zlatan Ibrahimović Forward  Sweden Paris Saint-Germain§
2013–14 Zlatan Ibrahimović (2) Forward  Sweden Paris Saint-Germain§
2014–15 Alexandre Lacazette Forward  France Olympique Lyon [3]
2015–16 Zlatan Ibrahimović (3) Forward  Sweden Paris Saint-Germain§ [4]
2016–17 Edinson Cavani Forward  Uruguay Paris Saint-Germain
2017–18 Neymar Forward  Brazil Paris Saint-Germain§

Breakdown of winners[edit]

By country[edit]

Sonny Anderson was the first winner from outside of France.
Country Wins Winning years
 France
8
1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2014–15
 Brazil
3
1996–97, 2006–07, 2017–18
 Sweden
3
2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
 Belgium
2
2010–11, 2011–12
 Portugal
2
2001–02, 2002–03
 Argentina
2
2000–01, 2009–10
 Ivory Coast
1
2004–05
 Ghana
1
2005–06
 Italy
1
1997–98
 Algeria
1
1998–99
 Uruguay
1
2016–17

By club[edit]

Eden Hazard won the award twice in two consecutive seasons playing for Lille.
Club Wins Winning years
Paris Saint-Germain
8
1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Olympique Lyon
6
2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2014–15,
Bordeaux
5
1995–96, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2008–09
AS Monaco
2
1996–97, 1999–2000
Lille OSC
2
2010–11, 2011–12
Olympique Marseille
1
2003–04
FC Nantes
1
2000–01

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Palmares Trophées UNFP - Oscars du football - Meilleur joueur de Ligue 1 ( > Football > Trophées > Trophées UNFP - Oscars du foot) sur SportPalmares, tous les palmares du sport se trouvent ici !!". Sportpalmares.eu. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  2. ^ "Player of year Hazard chooses Manchester". Ligue1.com. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  3. ^ "Lacazette beats Ibrahimovic to Ligue 1 award". Espn Fc. 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  4. ^ "Ibrahimovic named Player of the Year". Ligue1.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23.