Goal runs through the best players in the French top flight in 2013-14 and picks out the top 11 performers over the course of the campaignParis Saint-Germain became the first club to successfully retain the Ligue 1 title since the dominant days of Olympique Lyonnais in 2007-08, creating history in the process.
Below them, Monaco finished as runners-up, while defensive specialists Lille appear set to hold on to the final Champions League qualifying spot from Saint-Etienne as Lyon and Olympique de Marseille head into the last week of the campaign still squabbling over a Europa League berth.
If life at the summit has been predictable, elsewhere in Le Championnat it has been as competitive and as exciting as ever, and with this in mind, Goal names its Team of the Season.
|APP: 36 CLEAN SHEETS: 21|
It is impossible to overlook Nigeria international goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama as the outstanding shot-stopper in France this season. Having been brought in from the cold by head coach Rene Girard at Lille, he has excelled. In the autumn he even threatened to break the longest shutout streak ever in France's top flight only to be denied by a wickedly deflected shot in Bordeaux. His efforts have been nothing short of outstanding.
|APP: 32 GOALS: 6
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||APP: 32 GOALS: 0||APP: 34 GOALS: 1|
Toulouse are not a side noted for their exciting attacking play, and so it is telling that Serge Aurier, used as a right wing-back for much of the season but also in the heart of the back four, has been such a key offensive performer. With six goals and six assists to date, the 21-year-old has attracted admiring glances from some of Europe's best – and no wonder.
Thiago Silva may not have enjoyed a campaign that was quite as robust as his previous season with PSG, but the Brazil international remains the world's foremost centre-back and was again a tremendous influence as Laurent Blanc's men stormed to the league title and enjoyed a fine European run.
Signed from Wolfsburg last summer, Simon Kjaer's arrival in Lille was seen as something of a gamble from the northern club. But the Dane responded in magnificent fashion and has established himself already as one of the league's outstanding centre-backs, rekindling the kind of form that made him such a sought-after player during his time with Palermo.
Lyon's campaign has been quietly strong, and one of the foundation stones for this has been left-back Henri Bedimo, who has raided forward with excellence for the duration of the season and has been equally adept defensively.
|APP: 31 GOALS: 3|
|APP: 34 GOALS: 9
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Anchoring the midfield is Thiago Motta, who has been a totem of strength for PSG throughout this season. Although certainly not a spectacular player, the Italy international has been the crucial pivot in the champions' side, providing a reliable springboard for his team-mates.
James Rodriguez made a high-profile move to Monaco from Porto last summer and arrived with a good deal of scrutiny over a transfer fee of €45 million. In the opening weeks of the campaign, this criticism seemed justified, though since he has blossomed into one of the most creative players in Ligue 1, leading the competition's assists charts.
Youngster Alexandre Lacazette has enjoyed something of a breakthrough campaign with Lyon, holding down a starting spot in their squad and playing so well that he is in Didier Deschamps' thoughts for the World Cup. His partnership with Bafetimbi Gomis has put OL on the verge of the Europa League.
In what has been an entirely forgettable season for Montpellier, offensive midfielder Remy Cabella has been a ray of light. His exciting attacking play has carried Rolland Courbis' side for long periods of this campaign, scoring 14 times and being credited with another five decisive passes – a remarkable record in such a mediocre squad.
|APP: 34 GOALS: 16||APP: 31 GOALS: 25
One of the unsung heroes of the Ligue 1 season has been Lorient striker Vincent Aboubakar, who has scored 16 goals for the mid-table outfit. The 22-year-old Cameroon international is finally starting to realise his potential and his powerful style will have him on the radar of many big clubs in the coming weeks.
It is impossible to ignore the influence that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has once again had both on PSG and on the Ligue 1 season as a whole. Despite a hamstring injury keeping him from playing for the best part of two months in early spring, the brilliant Swede scored a stunning 25 goals and contributed 11 assists in what has been arguably his greatest campaign to date.