17 May LaLiga African MVP Votes
LaLiga African MVP Votes
Do you want to win a trip to Spain and shine a spotlight on your favourite African LaLiga player?
All you need to do is vote for a chance to win! Entries close this Sunday!
After another riveting LaLiga Santander season, the league’s African footballers will take centre stage. LaLiga calls on fans to select the winner of their first-ever African MVP Award.
Vote link: https://project.tolunastart.com/s/Cc57EqR
LaLiga launched the award in January. Fans voted for Sevilla’s talismanic Moroccan goalkeeper, Yassine ‘Bono’ Bounou, as the LaLiga Mid-Season African MVP in a campaign that reached 690 million people.
This newly established award acknowledges the increasing importance and value of the contribution of African players to the growth of LaLiga, with more than 25 African players currently featuring in the Spanish top flight.
Fans participating in the voting campaign for the African MVP Award competition will stand a chance to win a trip to Spain to watch a LaLiga Santander match live.
Public voting for the LaLiga African MVP Award is now live, launched by former Nigerian LaLiga star Mutiu Adepoju on 10 May.
The competition will close on the last day of the LaLiga Santander season on Sunday, 22 May 2022. Fans who participate in the vote also stand a chance to win official LaLiga match jerseys and merchandise in competitions with participating local media.
“We were blown away by the response from African football fans to the launch of the African MVP Award competition this season. African audiences have grown in their viewership and support of LaLiga over the years, buoyed by the performances of some of the continent’s fantastic footballers in the league. This competition is a fitting tribute to the growth and stature of the African market to LaLiga and we encourage fans to participate in their numbers to vote for their standout African LaLiga Santander star this season.”
~ Marcos Pelegrin, LaLiga Southern African Managing Director.
Algerian-born French international Karim Benzema was LaLiga’s standout player this season. However, the African MVP Award will only be open to players who are currently eligible to play for their African national teams.
Gabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has lit up the second half of the LaLiga season after his loan signing for Barcelona in January from Arsenal. Aubameyang broke a club record in beating the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to 10 goals for Barca in just his first 14 appearances for the club. In his 19 appearances for Barca, Aubameyang scored 11 goals and one assist to help lead coach Xavi’s rebuild of Barca.
Bounou has remained a steady influence as Sevilla surged into the UEFA Champions League places, conceding just 31 goals in his 38 games for Sevilla this season. Unusually for a goalkeeper, Bounou also has a stat laying on two-goal assists this season with his long-range passing.
Other Moroccan stars to feature prominently for Sevilla this season are Munir El Haddad and Youssef En-Nesyri. En-Nesyri scored back-to-back hat tricks in his debut season in LaLiga last year.
Another Moroccan African star who made an early impact in Xavi’s Barcelona tenure in LaLiga this season was rising star Abde Ezzalzouli.
Nigerian international Samuel Chukwueze has been another well-liked African player in this season of LaLiga. He returned from injury to help Villareal to a memorable UEFA Champions League semi-final run. Chukwueze has scored seven critical goals in all competitions for Villareal this season and was joined at the club this season by Senegalese attacker Boulaye Dia.
Atletico Madrid’s Central African Republic midfielder, Geoffrey Kondogbia, has been an influential figure for Diego Simeone this season and solidified his reputation as a solid defensive midfielder. He also scored his first LaLiga goal for the club.