2013 is comprised of two excellent half seasons of football in France’s Ligue 1, but there is one constant in all of that: Paris Saint-Germain are top of the league.
The capital club started the calendar year atop the pile and finished it in the same place, having celebrated their first Championnat title in 19 years.
Carlo Ancelotti, the coach who led PSG to that success, has departed. His replacement, Laurent Blanc, looks like he will be able to continue the winning tradition started by the Italian although there is still a long way to go.
AS Monaco’s return to the French top-flight over the summer has increased the pressure on the champions, but so far Blanc’s players have responded to the challenge and raised their game from 2012.
Outside of those two, Olympique de Marseille enjoyed an unexpected second-place finish last term, but they are struggling in sixth and have fired Elie Baup.
Lille OSC have recovered from a disappointing finish to last season to currently sit third in Ligue 1, with Saint-Etienne once again sniffing around the European spots and Girondins de Bordeaux now in contention after a slow start.
FC Nantes have surprised after their return to Le Championnat, while Nice have struggled to replicate the same impressive form that saw them finish fourth last time out.
With so much talent on display in France at present, here are the 25 best players from Ligue 1 in 2013.