2016 – 2017 Ligue 1 season

Ligue football

In a very entertaining season, AS Monaco were crowned Ligue 1 champions with a remarkable young movement that included starlets such as Kylian Mbappé, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva, and many others.

One by one, rivals began falling out of the title race like domines. First, Lyon, then Nice, and the last one to fail was PSG, who left the door open for Monaco to secure their eight French title in the 37th round.

Guided by Mbappé and Colombian star Radamel Falcao, Monaco’s offene scored an impressive 107 goals in 38 matches, blowing past Paris Saint – Germain and Nice. The 107 goals were 24 more than the second ranked team and 44 more than the third.

Best player (overall): Edinson Cavani (PSG)

Monaco was by far the strongest team in the competition, but it did not have a single individuality that stood out from the squad. Falcao and Mbappé were magnificent in the attack, Bernardo Silva and company created play, Bakayoko was a monster in the middle, Lemar, Sidibe and Mendy contributed great play at each side, and Subasic was very solid at the goal.

For that, and also because of his vast talent, the best player of the 2016 – 2017 Ligue 1 was Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani. Playing in a star – studded PSG, he managed to stand out with his 35 goals, seven more than the second ranked player (Alexander Lacazette) and 14 more than the third (Falcao).

Cavani took advantage of the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be the main man in Unai Emery’s offense, and he carried the team to the second place in the Ligue 1 and to a near – upset of Barcelona in the Champions League.

Best players (by position):

Best goalies: Danijel Subasic (AS Monaco), Stephane Ruffier (Saint – Etienne), Yohann Pele (Olympique Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Yoan Cardinale (Nice).

Best defenders: Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Fernando Marcial (Guingamp), Benjamin Mendy (AS Monaco), Thiago Silva (PSG), Ricardo Pereira (Nice), Dante (Nice), Djibril Sidibe (AS Monaco)

Best midfielders: Tiemoue Bakayoko (AS Monaco), Fabinho (AS Monaco), Bernardo Silva (AS Monaco), Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco), Marco Verratti (PSG), Ángel Di María (PSG), Florian Thauvin (Olympique Marseille), Jean Michael Seri (Nice), Corentin Tolisso (Olympique Lyonnais), Wylan Cyprien (Nice)

Best attackers: Edinson Cavani (PSG), Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco), Kylian Mbappé (AS Monaco), Alexander Lacazette (Olympique Lyonnais).

Best coaches:

Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco)

Unai Emery (PSG)

Lucien Favre (Nice)

Bruno Génésio (Olympique Lyonnais)

Notable captains:

Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco)

Dmitri Payet (Olympique Marseille)

Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyonnais)

Thiago Silva (PSG)

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