Neymar is one of the five finalists for the trophy for the best UNFP player of the 2020-2021 Ligue 1 season, while his performances are not there. But his presence is the consequence of the votes of players in the championship.
Nominations for individual awards are always subject to criticism in the football world. The UNFP trophies are no exception, with the presence of Neymar among the five finalists for the title of best player of the 2020-2021 season of Ligue 1. The Paris Saint-Germain striker is present alongside Kylian Mbappé, Memphis Depay, Burak Yilmaz and Wissam Ben Yedder.
The criticisms, widely spread on social networks, concerning this appointment of Neymar are legitimate, given his disappointing season in the league. Of the 36 days already played, the Brazilian has not even taken part in 50% of the meetings with his team. He only played 16 matches, and exactly 1238 minutes (77 min / match). To this, we must add two red cards, the first collected during the shock against OM lost 1-0 in September, the other in early April against Losc (1-0 defeat).
Volland, Laborde and Delort do better
The rest of the statistical record is not famous: 8 goals (including 4 penalties) scored in 6 matches, and 4 assists. With two weeks to go, the 29-year-old star is only 30th in the ranking of top scorers.
By comparison, Kevin Volland is the fourth best scorer in the championship with 19 goals (including ten penalties). The German AS Monaco also has 7 assists. He was therefore decisive 26 times, while Neymar was only decisive 12 times. Gaëtan Laborde and Andy Delort also have better figures: 15 goals and 7 assists for the first city, 14 and 10 for the second.
The players put Neymar in the top 5
The presence of Neymar in this list of five players is not the result of a selection by the UNFP. The rules of the event specify that the announcement of the nominees is made after the counting of the ballots sent by the players. The number 10 of PSG is therefore one of the five players who collected the most votes from his peers.
It is also valid for the trophies concerning other categories of player and players, or those for the best coaches. In addition to the honorary award, only the trophy for the most beautiful goal of the season is the subject of a preselection, which is then submitted to a public vote.