Samir Nasri Wins French Footballer of the Year

Samir Nasri

Votes are in from a poll conducted by France Football. Samir Nasri has won French Footballer of the year. Second is Chelsea attacker, Florent Malouda, and third place went to Hugo Lioris.

Malouda and Lloris both went with France to this summer's World Cup. Had he clearly been the best French player in the world, where only a personality conflict was keeping him out of the squad, this award would not only be justifiable but justice. But that's not the case. While the last month of Nasri's play makes it easy to forget, Nasri has not clearly been the best French footballer in the world during 2010.

While former coach Raymond Domenech was widely criticized for not selecting Nasri, this award still seems like overcompensation for what happened this summer. It's an attempt to overlook history, electing not to rewrite it, just in case the narrative becomes useful in the future. Today, all is well within the FFF. There is no need to crack a whip, so we'll forget about the World Cup. Nasri wins the award! It's as if June and July never happened. The year 2010 only had ten months.

But as is always the case when somebody is unduly elevated, the image of that person on a pedestal compels us to note why he should not be there. Nasri has been great over the last month, but before that he was "merely" very good. Has he been better than Florent Malouda for most of this calendar year? Somebody whose emergence for Chelsea was key to their Premier League title? Who led the Premier League in goals for the first part of the season?

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