Players Who Won Kopa Trophy: Firstly introduced in 2018 and presented to the best football players under the age of 21. France Football was the one to establish Kopa Trophy.
The trophy is named after former French footballer Raymond Kopa, who is also a former Ballon d’Or winner. Even though it is not as prestigious as other football awards it still allows players outside of Europe to be a part of it.
Players Who Won Kopa Trophy So Far
There have been four winners of the Kopa trophy so far, namely Kylian Mbappe (2018), Matthijs de Ligt (2019), Pedri (2021), and Gavi (2022). The year 2020 was dismissed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
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The inaugural award winner of the Kopa Trophy was Kylian Mbappe (Paris-Saint German) in 2018, there have been four winners of the Kopa trophy so far as 2020 were dismissed due to COVID-19. Whereas the latest winner (2022) of the same is Gavi (Barcelona) aged 18, who is a Spanish Footballer.
Let’s know about the players in detail.
Kylian Mbappe (2018)
Mbappe won the Kopa’s inauguration title in 2018, under the La Liga club Paris-Saint German. Besides Paris-Saint, he played for Monaco during his youth career.
He also represented France in the FIFA World Cup 2018 defeating Russia against his national team. He was also part of the squad that won the UEFA Nations League against Italy in 2021 and against Germany in 2016.
Matthijs de Ligt (2019)
De Ligt currently plays for the Bundesliga team Byren Munich and also Netherlands National team. He won the Kopa Trophy’s second title while playing for Serie A champions Juventus in 2019.
Apart from this De Ligt has won the Golden Boy title (2019) and UEFA Team of the year (2019).
Pedri won Kopa while playing for Barcelona in 2021, he also won Copa del Rey (2020-21). He first joined Las Palmas for his youth career in 2018 and made his first professional debut on 18 August 2019.
Gavi, the Spanish footballer, is the latest Kopa’s 4th title winner. He has played for the La Liga club Barcelona since 2015. During his youth career, he played for La Liara (2010-13) and Betis (2013-15).
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