- Kylian Mbappe emerged the inaugural winner of the Kopa Trophy on Monday
- Christian Pulisic came second while Roma winger Kluivert claimed third spot
- Kopa trophy is the newly-created Ballon d'Or equivalent for U-21 players
Paris Saint-Germain's World Cup-winning forward Kylian Mbappe emerged the inaugural winner of the Kopa Trophy on Monday, December 3, after seeing off the trio of Christian Pulisic and Roma winger Kluivert at the award night.
The newly-created Ballon d'Or equivalent for U-21 players saw the 19-year-old emerge the first winner after helping PSG win the Ligue 1 title in his first season at the club, before scoring four times for France as Les Bleus won the World Cup for a second time at Russia.
Fellow Ligue 1 player Houssem Aouar of Lyon, as well as Serie A starlets Gianluigi Donnarumma and Patrick Cutrone were all nominated for the award.
On the other hand, youngsters like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Amadou Haidara of Salzburg, Groningen's Ritsu Doan and Rodrygo Goes of Santos were all in the running for the award.
Interestingly, the youngster Mbappe is the only player on the shortlist for the Kopa Trophy, who was also nominated for the prestigious Ballon d'Or prize.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported on 3rd December, the prestigious Ballon d’Or winner will be crowned.
Legit.ng lists the top 10 in the running based on form and performance for the year.
The Ballon d’Or is the prize every top footballer hopes to win 1 day – the title of the best footballer in the world.
Only the best of the best have ever won the award, with the last 10 being dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, there’s an added buzz this year with many holding the view that their monopoly could finally be broken.
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