Neymar Nominated For Ligue 1’s Player Of The Year Despite Missing A Third Of The Season With Injury With Edinson Cavani And Kylian Mbappe Shortlisted

Neymar is among four players nominated for Ligue 1's Player of the Year award 

Neymar is among the four nominees for the French league’s Player of the Year award despite missing a third of the season with a fractured metatarsal.

The Brazil striker enjoyed a brilliant season up until he picked up the season-ending injury against Marseille in February after scoring 19 league goals in only 20 games.

The 26-year-old was shortlisted on Friday alongside his Paris Saint-Germain team- mates Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe and Marseille winger Florian Thauvin.

Despite enjoying a successful year up until his injury, Neymar made headlines off the pitch after he was continuously linked with a move back to La Liga, with Real Madrid and a return to Barcelona being touted as possible destinations.

The prolific forward has also been booed by his own fans after arguing with Cavani over who would take a penalty in the 8-0 thrashing of Dijon in January.

Neymar further added fuel to the fire that he could be leaving in the summer as he celebrated PSG fifth league title in six years by playing online poker during the celebrations.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani will be looking to reclaim his crown from last year

Kylian Mbappe has also been nominated alongside his two PSG team-mates on Friday

Cavani won the award last season and is again the league’s top scorer with 25 goals, while Mbappe has chipped in with 13. PSG has already sealed the title and scored 104 goals with four games left.

Thauvin has scored 22 goals overall in an outstanding season for Marseille, which is fourth in the French league and hoping to win the Europa League. Thauvin scored on Thursday as Marseille beat Salzburg 2-0 in the first leg of the semifinals.

The winner will be named on May 13.

Neymar will have his last post-surgery medical exam on May 17. He could be available for Brazil’s training sessions that start May 21 near Rio de Janeiro.

PSG broke the world record by signing Neymar from Barcelona for £196million and bought Mbappe from Monaco in a deal worth £166million.


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