ENGLISH trio Bukayo Saka, Mason Greenwood and Jude Bellingham have all been nominated for this year’s edition of the prestigious Kopa Trophy.
The award, which is named after French footballer Raymond Kopa, is given to the best performing player under the age of 21.
Saka has been one of Arsenal’s standout players over the past year[/caption]
Bellingham is one of the most valuable teenagers in world football[/caption]
It is handed out on the same night as the Ballon d’Or and decided upon by previous Ballon d’Or winners.
Rennes and Belgium forward Jeremy Doku has also made the 10-man shortlist, along with Barcelona and Spain sensation Pedri.
Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch is another nominee, as is Bayern Munich and Germany playmaker Jamal Musiala.
Musiala’s compatriot Florian Wirtz is also on the shortlist, with Paris Saint-Germain full-back Nuno Mendes rounding off the nominees.
The ceremony, which will announce the Kopa Trophy and Ballon d’Or winners among other awards, will take place on November 29.
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Greenwood is continuing to develop at a rapid rate at Manchester United[/caption]
Meanwhile, the Premier League have dominated the Ballon d’Or nominee shortlist, making up a THIRD of the of the 30.
Five players from Chelsea, four from Manchester United and one Liverpool star have made the cut.
Although organisers France Football are moments away from revealing their 30-man shortlist, journalist Karim Djaziri leaked the nominees early.
It shows 14 players from the Premier League have been nominated.
From Chelsea, Cesar Azpilicueta, 32, N’Golo Kante, 30, Romelu Lukaku, 28, Mason Mount, 22, and Jorginho, 29, feature.
City have Kevin de Bruyne, 30, Ruben Dias, 24, Phil Foden, 21, Riyad Mahrez, 30, and Raheem Sterling, 26.
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Portugal teammates Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, and Bruno Fernandes, 27, represent United.
And Harry Kane, 28, is Tottenham’s sole nominee while Mohamed Salah, 29, is Liverpool’s.
The award is given to the year’s best footballer but was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.