The Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas has been chosen this Friday as the best goalkeeper in Ligue 1 in the awards given by the National Union of Professional Footballers of France (UNFP), as announced by the union.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper has been voted by the rest of the French league players as the best goalkeeper of this edition of the league, which has the last day of the title deciding.
Navas has played 28 games this season and has conceded 18 goals, which leaves him with a ratio of 0.69 goals conceded per game.
His main rival for the award has been Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, recently called up by France for the Eurocup and who has an average of goals conceded lower than that of the Costa Rican: he has played 37 games and has conceded 22 goals (0.59 per match).
However, league players have considered Navas’s performance to have been more decisive.
Stops like the one he made to Youcef Attal in the league game against Nice, the penalty that stopped Leo Messi in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and his performance in the semifinals against Bayern Munich illustrate the solid campaign of the attic.
It is the first time that Navas has won the UNFP trophy for the best goalkeeper in the League, although this is only his second campaign in the whole of the Parisian capital after serving five seasons at Real Madrid (where he never won the Zamora Trophy. the goalkeeper least thrashed in the League).
In an interview with Canal Plus, he felt grateful for the recognition: “I have to thank those who voted for me. It has been a pretty good year, in which I have tried to do my best, which is what leaves me calmer ”.
However, at the title level, PSG has only won the French Cup this season, won this week in the final against Monaco 2-0 (goals from Icardi and Mbappé), awaiting the outcome this weekend of the League, in which they are second with a point less than Lille.
Keylor Navas, whose career took off in Levante and who became known internationally at the 2014 World Cup, renewed his contract with PSG a month ago, extending his link with the team until 2024, when he will be 37 years old. His wish is to retire in Paris.
Navas will defend in principle again the PSG goal this Sunday, when the Parisians risk the last chance to win the league title: for this they will have to beat Brest and hope that Lille (the current leader) loses or draws against him Angers.