“I am extra proud to have performed in D1 than in Milan… / In partnership with Amazon Prime Video / SOFOOT.com

Jean Pierre Papin
OM (1986-1992), Bordeaux (1996-1998)

The state of affairs may change on the finish of the season if Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé or Neymar wins the timpani, however at current, the one participant to have received a Ballon d’Or for a full season within the French championship was born on the fifth. November 1963, in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Sure: he’s Ch’ti. At almost 60 years previous, Jean-Pierre Papin stays the one one to have completed this feat when he wore Marseille knitwear. Centerpiece of OM de Tapie from 1989 to 1992 (keep in mind that JPP was on the flawed facet within the 1993 remaining…), the striker reigned supreme within the D1 with 156 pawns in 270 video games. Nicknamed “I am unable to take it anymore” when he arrived on the Vélodrome, JPP turned the state of affairs round with extraordinary objectives and volleys, which earned him a spot within the dictionary lengthy earlier than Zlatan.

Along with his papinades – a time period initially mocking, in reference to “cagades” – and his celebrations with open arms, he obtained his arms on the 1991 Ballon d’Or. Follower of the primary intention, JPP was as spectacular as he was efficient. A tough employee, he was the sort to martyr OM’s substitute goalkeepers, even when it meant ending the session beneath the lights of his automobile. Other than his “failed” first season (13 objectives), he hovered at a minimal of twenty pawns per train, received 4 league titles and a Coupe de France, earlier than taking off for the largest membership of the time: AC Milan. His return in 1996 for 2 seasons in Bordeaux stays extra anecdotal with 21 objectives in two years. However by his regularity, his effectivity and his sense of spectacle, JPP stays underrated within the historical past of Ligue 1. A lot in order that even he says he’s shocked by his rating.

Good day Jean-Pierre, you’re quantity 2 in our prime 1000. How does that really feel to you?

Thousand ?! All generations mixed? Ah sure, it is crowded. I’m very shocked to inform you every little thing, however above all very completely satisfied. Meaning I did not do all this for nothing! (Laughs.) Like what, even in retirement, you possibly can carry out! As well as behind Onnis, whom I like lots, it is flattering.

On the identical time, you’re the just one to have acquired the Ballon d’Or for a Ligue 1 season, thus far.

Sure, for the second, the successor may be very shut, I imagine…

Your French years, have been they one of the best of your profession?

The happiest, sure. It was a championship that I knew properly, and of which we took the measure for a very long time with OM. It was not simple. Trying again, it was essentially the most lovely playground for me, essentially the most lovely factor that might occur to me. The D1 of the early Nineties was perfect for an attacker.

Nonetheless, you began in Bruges earlier than coming to OM. What did it imply to you on the time to play in D1?

Whenever you’re knowledgeable, you first consider your nation, the remainder is random. In different phrases, an important factor for me was to play in France, even when you by no means know in a profession. In the present day, I am extra proud to have performed in D1 than at Bayern and Milan, as a result of I am French and it represented one of the best in my nation. It has since modified. However as well as, on the time, it was one of the crucial sophisticated championships. With the groups we had at OM, it was tremendous attention-grabbing. Particularly since we have been the scarecrow, everybody wished to hit us. Every league recreation was a remaining for our opponent.

What introduced you?

It made me progress, develop on and off the pitch. The championship was very enticing, we had enjoyable, we received, I scored objectives. It was very fulfilling. Every year, we noticed a trio of golf equipment within the struggle, which modified frequently. Bordeaux and Monaco have been the hardest. However all of the matches have been robust for us, we have been public enemy primary. And a few stadiums have been spectacular, notably Bollaert and Geoffroy-Guichard, it made a noise…

By way of defenders, who left you with the worst reminiscence?

Unhealthy reminiscences perhaps not, however the one which pissed me off essentially the most was Basile in Auxerre. What hell to face him, I used to be very completely satisfied to see him in my locker room after… However many have been troublesome to play, extra collectively than individually. In reality, in Ligue 1, all of the matches have been particular.

In case you had to decide on one?

(He thinks.) It is troublesome, however I’d say the Marseille-PSG of Could 1989. On the time, the rivalry didn’t exist, will probably be constructed later. However, we received exhausting on a purpose from Sauzée in added time, which paved the way in which for the title. It was a powerful recreation, other than a profession.

Lastly, what’s your view of the present Ligue 1?

She comes again to the fore. This season, it is tremendous enjoyable to look at. Admittedly, it is a disgrace that PSG crushes every little thing from the begin to the top of the season, however that is how it’s. What I like is to see that behind, 6-7 groups are preventing for Europe, even the rostrum. With every time a want to play soccer properly, objectives. It is nice to observe.


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