Paris Saint-Germain duo Lionel Messi and Neymar have been left out of the Ligue 1 season’s end-of-season awards, despite helping the team win their 10th league title.
The French Players Union announced, on Wednesday, its nomination for the 2021-22 awards, and the duo was absent along with coach Mauricio Pochettino.
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Sources told ESPN last week that the Argentine coach faces an uncertain future at Parc des Princes, with the expectation that he will leave this summer.
Striker Kylian Mbappe was nominated for the Player of the Year award, along with Wissam Ben Yedder of Monaco, Dimitri Payet of Marseille, Lucas Paqueta of Lyon and Martin Terrier of Stade Rennes.
Paris Saint-Germain has lost only four times this season, winning the French League title last month, the first in Pochettino’s training career, but Paris Saint-Germain lost the Champions League round of 16 to Real Madrid.
Messi suffered a lackluster first season in France, scoring four league goals in 23 games and scoring 13 assists, while Neymar scored 11 goals in the French league.
The pair have been ridiculed by the club’s fans in recent months, and Neymar criticized his fans for leaving the Parc des Princes, where they drew 1-1 with Lens last month to win the title.
“It was surreal that part of the audience left the stands,” Neymar told ESPN Argentina. “They’ll get tired of whistling, because I have three more years on my contract.”