Paris Saint-Germain was presented the trophy on saturday with a record-equalling 10th Ligue 1 title

A son-et-lumière spectaclular replete with fireworks preceded the presentation of the Ligue 1 trophy to Paris Saint-Germain’s players on Saturday night at the Parc des Princes.

The show followed a triptych. First the announcement that Kylian Mbappé would spurn the advances of Real Madrid and remain until 2025 at PSG.

And then a 5-0 demolition of Metz which highlighted Mbappé’s prowess as he whacked in a hat trick to take his league tally up to 28 goals to secure the Golden Boot for the third consecutive season. He also finished the campaign with the most passes leading to a goal for another player.

The final piece was a homage to Angel Di Maria who is departing after seven years service.

Focus

While he, Neymar and Lionel Messi – some of South America’s finest footballers – roamed menacingly around the pitch, it was the boy from Bondy just outside Paris who attracted the attention after a season where he has kept his counsel about his future.

“I’m convinced that I can continue to grow at a club which is providing all the tools for us to perform at the highest level,” said Mbappé. “I’m happy to stay in my home country too.”

His decision to continue in the French capital bonded supporters who have wailed and railed about the club’s strategies ever since the disastrous elimination from this season’s Champions League – the title that PSG’s Qatari backers covet.

Work

“There have been ups and downs over the season,” said PSG skipper Marquinhos before receiving the Ligue 1 trophy.

“But we’ve come together and we’ve won something big. It’s been a lot of work from a lot of people been a difficult season.”

Players stayed on the pitch at the Parc des Princes as fans celebrated the club’s record-equalling 10th top flight title outside the ground.

The full implications of Mbappé’s decision will unfold over the close season.

Source: https://www.rfi.fr/en/sports/20220521-psg-s-ligue-1-trophy-show-highlights-triumphs-and-tribulations