Kylian Mbappe took home Ligue 1 player of the year honors from the UNFP on Sunday. The French forward has orchestrated a season to remember in France’s top flight, scoring 25 goals and recording 17 assists in 34 total appearances.
Last season, Mbappe tallied seven assists coupled with a 1.1 key passes per match average. This season, with the addition of Lionel Messi on the roster, he has not only posted a career-high in assists but has also upped his key passes per match average to 1.9.
In speaking to L’Equipe after winning the coveted honor, Mbappe took some time to touch on his recent success as a playmaker.
“I changed my way of seeing the game, I didn’t have this conviction to tell myself that being a passer was possible, I was sometimes stubborn to score goals, to be the regular scorer of my teams,” Mbappe said. “When you’re a great player, and one who aspires to go down in history, I don’t think you should choose.”
Overall, Mbappe will have a shot at history in PSG’s league fixture against Metz. The French international needs two assists to break Angel Di Maria’s record (18 in 2015-2016) for the most assists in a single season in Ligue 1 history.