Mbappe, Haaland, no Messi or Ronaldo: Players with most MotM trophies in 21/22 season

Kylian Mbappe has been electric in the 2021/22 season.

The Frenchman has put up some extraordinary numbers for Paris Saint-Germain this Ligue 1 campaign, scoring 28 goals and recording 17 assists.

Mbappe was the best player on the pitch in 12 games Ligue 1 games in 21/22, which is over a third of the matches he played in.

But how does his Man of the Match tally compare to the best players around Europe?

Using stats provided by WhoScored.com, we’ve named the 25 players with the most Man of the Match trophies this season in Europe’s top five leagues.

Where players are tied, we’ve sorted them by their overall rating for the campaign.

25. Boubakar Kouyaté – 6 (Rating: 7.04)

24. James Maddison – 6 (Rating: 7.07)

23. Allan Saint-Maximin – 6 (Rating: 7.10)

22. Anthony Modeste – 6 (Rating: 7.11)

21. Filip Kostic – 6 (Rating: 7.11)

Filip Kostic earned six Man of the Match trophies in the 2021/22 season
SEVILLE, SPAIN – MAY 18: Filip Kostic of Eintracht Frankfurt celebrate after the UEFA Europa League final match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on May 18, 2022 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

20. Iker Muniain – 6 (Rating: 7.19)

19. Gabriel Jesus – 6 (Rating: 7.20)

18. Gianluca Caprari – 6 (Rating: 7.20)

17. Lorenzo Pellegrini – 6 (Rating: 7.34)

16. Dimitri Payet – 6 (Rating: 7.44)

15. Son Heung-min – 6 (Rating: 7.52)

14. Erling Haaland – 6 (Rating: 7.55)

Erling Haaland earned six Man of the Match trophies in the 2021/22 season
DORTMUND, GERMANY – MAY 14: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund reacts during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC at Signal Iduna Park on May 14, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

13. Mason Mount – 7 (Rating: 7.19)

12. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – 7 (Rating: 7.36)

11. Nabil Fekir – 7 (Rating: 7.38)

10. Harry Kane – 7 (Rating: 7.45)

9. Mohamed Salah – 7 (Rating: 7.54)

Mohamed Salah earned six Man of the Match trophies in the 2021/22 season
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool looks dejected as Manchester City finish the 2021/2022 season as champions following the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on May 22, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

8. Nicolás González – 8 (Rating: 7.02)

7. Téji Savanier – 8 (Rating: 7.40)

6. Domenico Berardi – 8 (Rating: 7.43)

5. Vinícius Júnior – 8 (Rating: 7.56)

4. Robert Lewandowski – 8 (Rating: 7.89)

3. Christopher Nkunku – 10 (Rating: 7.64)

2. Karim Benzema – 10 (Rating: 7.69)

1. Kylian Mbappé – 12 (Rating: 8.04)

Kylian Mbappe earned six Man of the Match trophies in the 2021/22 season
Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Clermont v Paris St Germain – Stade Gabriel Montpied, Clermont-Ferrand, France – April 9, 2022 Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Mbappe picked up the most Man of the Match trophies in Europe’s top five leagues in 21/22.

It’s no wonder there was such a battle between PSG and Real Madrid for his signature this season.

Benzema and Nkunku make up the top three with 10 Man of the Match awards.

Lewandowski and Vinicius were both the best player on the pitch in eight league games this campaign, while Salah and Kane both picked up seven awards apiece.

Son, Haaland and Maddison are among the players that won six Man of the Match awards in 21/22.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the biggest omissions from the list, having picked up five Man of the Match awards each.

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