UNFP Trophies: Philippe Piot judges absence of PSG players "a little weird"

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UNFP is having a hard time digesting PSG’s visit to Qatar scheduled for the day of the ceremony which awards the best players of the season every year. Capital clubs are often represented there, but players will not be physically present.

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The main showpiece of the French Championships in France and especially abroad, PSG is away from the UNFP Trophy celebrations this year. The Reason? Capital Club will make a short trip to Doha in the country of its shareholder QSI from 15 to 16 May in the midst of the UNFP Trophy ceremony scheduled for Sunday 15. These two days will mainly be used to meet many people. Club partners such as Ooredoo, Qatar Airways, QNB, Aspetar and even French conglomerate Accor.

On UNFP’s side, the visit that falls badly upsets people: “We were very disappointed about this absence 48 hours ago, with UNFP President Philippe Piat angry with Paris. We are disappointed. We are in talk of Mbappe happening with PSG but the hope is low. We will try to set up at least one duplex. But the way it is happening, we are sorry as the date is long known. For a long time. It’s a little awkward.”

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With Paris stars, and Kylian Mbappe in particular – in full talks with Doha for a possible extension – are expected on the spot, the evening inevitably loses its interest. Especially since several Paris players have been nominated: Kylian Mbappe for the best player title, Gianluigi Donnarumma for best goalkeeper, as well as Nuno Mendes, in the race for the best hope. So many potential contenders that wouldn’t exist because at least two of them have a serious chance of winning.

If players will not be physically present, videos and duplexes are still planned by the club so that players can participate remotely.

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It’s hard to see how the title of best player can escape the European-acclaimed Kylian Mbappe. A candidate for the title of third best player, Mbappé (24 goals and 15 assists in 32 Ligue 1 matches) carried Paris Saint-Germain on his shoulders throughout the season. The Bondi prodigy, world champion in 2018 with the France team, could end up being both the top scorer and top passer in the French championships at the end of current practice. Never has a player been crowned top scorer and best passer in the same Ligue 1 season, but Mbappe is not impossible.

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