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Ibrahimovic crowned France’s player of year

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(FILES) This file photo taken on April 16, 2016 shows Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrating after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Caen at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on April 16, 2016. For the third time Ibrahimovic was nominated best player of the Ligue 1 for the 25th edition of the UNFP (French National Professional Football players Union) trophy ceremony on May 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 16, 2016 shows Paris Saint-Germain’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrating after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Caen at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on April 16, 2016. For the third time Ibrahimovic was nominated best player of the Ligue 1 for the 25th edition of the UNFP (French National Professional Football players Union) trophy ceremony on May 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was voted France’s Ligue 1 player of the year for a record third time on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic won the award, voted for by his peers, ahead of PSG team-mate Angel Di Maria, Nice forward Hatem Ben Arfa and Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra after scoring 35 goals in the capital club’s romp to a fourth straight French title.

PSG are on course to repeat last year’s domestic treble, having won the League Cup last month, with the final of the French Cup on May 21 against bitter rivals Marseille.

However, Ibrahimovic’s future in Paris remains uncertain with the 34-year-old out of contract at the end of the season.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc claimed the Ligue 1 coach of the year prize for the second straight season, while 18-year-old Rennes striker Ousmane Dembele was named France’s young player of the year after netting 12 goals in a remarkable debut campaign.



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