Goal nominates the top three stand-out performers for the Ligue 1 giants in 2013-14. Vote for your winner in our poll.Paris Saint-Germain’s development into an elite European outfit continued over the course of the campaign, despite a disappointing exit from the Champions League on away goals to Chelsea at the quarter-final stage.
Le Championnat was claimed with some energy to spare, while Laurent Blanc’s men also threw in the Coupe de la Ligue for good measure.
All of the stars from the previous season were retained and were as influential as ever, while the lavishly summer additions of Edinson Cavani, Marquinhos and Lucas Digne augmented the squad and all proved to be successful.
Below, in alphabetical order, are Goal's three nominees for Juventus' player of the season, based on their club performances in all competitions. Cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of the article.
There are few players who can draw a crowd like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the 32-year-old Swede defied his advancing years by producing arguably the strongest campaign of his career to date.
In total he mustered 40 goals from 40 appearances, with 25 of his strikes contributing to his effort of finishing top scorer in France. But his figures for assists were formidable, too, and he might have led Ligue 1 in that category also but for a hamstring problem that damaged the end to his campaign.
Ibrahimovic’s skills and personality make him a unique draw in the world game, but crucially for PSG he remains their offensive talisman who is the fulcrum that their offensive efforts are built around.
A totem at the heart of PSG’s midfield throughout the season, Thiago Motta was the steadying presence that set the tempo for many of his side’s performances over the course of the season.
The Italy international midfielder may not be a spectacular performer and rarely produces any memorable moments, yet the consistency of his defensive work and the physicality he has brought to PSG’s spine has proven invaluable.
After signing from Inter in the January transfer window of 2012, he initially seemed to be a rather underwhelming addition, yet alongside Marco Verratti he has grown to be a vital orchestrator in the side as a whole.
Still regarded as the world’s premier centre-back, the Brazil international star has once again turned in a remarkably solid campaign, although it is fair to say that this season has lacked the type of outstanding individual display that last term’s performance against Barcelona brought.
His reading of the game continues to be second to none, and on the ball he is classy and comfortable, able to feed the midfielders who are then able to dictate the pace of the match.
At 29-years-old, there is a feeling that the former AC Milan man may just be coming into his prime, and there is little wonder that Barcelona still continue to be credited with an interest in such a gifted performer.