Last Friday, the UNFP trophy for best goalkeeper of the season in Ligue 1 was awarded to PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas. A winner who was able to surprise in view of the season carried out by Lille’s Mike Maignan, who concedes being annoyed at the time of the verdict.
At the dawn of the Euro (June 11-July 11) and his first big competition with the France team, Mike Maignan has taken on a big scale this season. Keeper of the greatest number of cleen-sheats in the five major championships during this 2020-21 (21) financial year, the 25-year-old Lille resident was one of the strongmen of the Mastiffs title, torn off the nose and the beard of the PSG.
But while the UNFP trophies were awarded last week, it was nevertheless the Parisian goalkeeper Keylor Navas who was rewarded and named best goalkeeper of the season in Ligue 1. A choice widely contested by Lille, while many observers cited Maignan as the legitimate winner. “In our championship, in Ligue 1, the best goalkeeper will have been Mike, without offending Navas”, notably let go of his trainer, Christophe Galtier.
“The most important was the collective trophy”
A handsome player, the goalkeeper trained at Paris Saint-Germain still conceded that he was unhappy with the verdict. “Honestly, at the time I was a little nervous, because I am a competitor, confessed Maignan this Thursday at a press conference on the sidelines of the Blues. After, I also had to prepare for the final in Angers (the last match decisive of Lille’s season in the Championship, editor’s note), so I quickly moved on. “
In a pivotal period of his career – his signing for the great AC Milan has just been formalized by the Milan club -, Mike Maignan was especially satisfied with the fourth title of champion of France in the history of LOSC, obtained during the last day and at the end of an incredible season. “For me, the most important was the collective trophy. An individual trophy is good, but when a whole collective is rewarded for its work, it’s even better.”