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Ibrahimovic wins French league award

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm •  Published: May 11, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was voted the French league's player of the year by his fellow professionals for the second straight season.

Ibrahimovic beat off competition from teammates Thiago Silva and Thiago Motta and Monaco midfielder James Rodriguez to win the top award in French football on Sunday.

The Sweden striker has scored 40 goals in all competitions for PSG this season, including a chest-high backheel flick in a 4-0 win over Bastia in October which was voted most beautiful goal of the year. The Parisian club clinched the French league title on Wednesday.

"I believe this was my best season," Ibrahimovic said. "I think our team had a great season and I hope it will continue next year."

Ibrahimovic was also selected in the French league's team of the year alongside five teammates.

PSG's Salvatore Sirigu was picked as goalkeeper while Toulouse right back Serge Aurier, PSG center back Thiago Silva, Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin and Monaco leftback Layvin Kurzawa formed the back four.

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