It does not come as a surprise or shock that 23-year-old Ivorian and Lille winger has been pronounced winner of the coveted Marc-Vivien Foe award (best African player in the French league 1) after a fantasy season of signs and wonders.
The slim looking left footer dominated the race for the award from start to finish and it is only fair to say, he was on a league of his own. Pepe helped Losc Lille to a UCL spot and in doing so, dazzled the rest of Europe, catching the eye of bigger team’s like the Arsenal.
Pepe is now the king of the continent in the French league. The pacy winger has succeeded Toko Ekambi for the award scoring 22 goals, only bettered by an invincible Kylian Mbappe who was simply untouchable by any, with 32 goals.
Nicolas Pepe is the 10th to be handed this trophy since 2009, and a record 3rd Ivorian-the highest number from one country to have won it.
2009: Marouane Chamakh
2012: Younes Belhanda
2015: Andre Ayew
2016: Soufiane Boufal
2017: Jean Seri
2018: Toko Ekambi
2019: Nicolas Pepe
The Ivory Coast national team would be licking their lips with the sort of form the youngster is currently on, and wishing he transforms just some of that to the upcoming AFCON to be held in Egypt.