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Serge Aurier wins best Ivorian footballer award

media Serge Aurier (right) has been a stalwart in the defence of the French champions Paris Saint-Germain and will be one of the stars of the Cote d'Ivoire squad at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in January. Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

Serge Aurier added another accolade to his trophy cabinet on Friday when he won the Prix Sport Ivoire for being the country’s best footballer in 2016.

Aurier, 23, topped a vote of Ivorian journalists and readers of www.sport-ivoire.ci. Jonathan Kodjia was second in the poll of reporters while Sylvain Gbohouo was the runner-up among the website voters.

Other candidates for the prize included Sangaré Badra, Yaya Touré and Eric Bertrand. However none have been as garlanded as the Paris Saint-Germain right back. Since joining the team, he has won two Ligue 1 titles, two League Cups, one French Cup and two Trophées des champions – the match between the winners of the championship and French Cup.
 

Internationally, he was a key figure in the Cote d’Ivoire squad that lifted the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Off the field, he has been involved in a plethora of controversies. In February 2016, he launched an online attack on the PSG trainer Laurent Blanc as well as team mates such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel di Maria. He was sidelined from the first team for a month before his eventual rehabilitation.
 

In September, Aurier was given a suspended two month prison sentence for assaulting a police officer outside a night club in central Paris. He has launched an appeal against the decision.

 

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