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Barcelona starlet bags Kopa Trophy as Bukayo Saka & Mason Greenwood learn ranks

Barcelona starlet bags Kopa Trophy as Bukayo Saka & Mason Greenwood learn ranks

 

Barcelona sensation Pedri has beaten out the competition to clinch the latest Kopa Trophy, it has been confirmed.

Messi the frontrunner

The Ballon d’Or proceedings are of course now in full swing.

In the first edition of France Football’s famed ceremony since 2019, the best players from around the globe have come together in Paris, to await the announcement of the recipient of the latest ‘Golden Ball’.

It is of course Lionel Messi who is viewed as the heavy favourite to emerge triumphant as things stand, owing to a long-awaited Copa America triumph with Argentina during the summer.

Barcelona starlet bags Kopa Trophy as Bukayo Saka & Mason Greenwood learn ranks

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JULY 10: Lionel Messi of Argentina kisses the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after winning the final of Copa America Brazil 2021 between Brazil and Argentina at Maracana Stadium on July 10, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

Pedri triumphs

The headline-grabbing Ballon d’Or itself, however, is not the only accolade scheduled to be handed out on Monday evening.

Alongside it, the Ballon d’Or Féminin (the women’s equivalent of the prize) is too yet to come, whilst Robert Lewandowski, a short time ago, was deservedly named as 2021’s ‘Striker of the Year’.

But the Pole’s accolade actually did not mark the first handed out at The Théâtre du Châtelet.

Before it came the 3rd edition of the Kopa Trophy, awarded to world football’s standout performer under the age of 21 over the course of the previous 12 months.

This year’s winner? Barcelona sensation Pedri.

The 19-year-old, recognised not only for a stellar debut campaign at the Camp Nou, but also his efforts with Spain at the European Championships, has followed in the footsteps of previous victors Kylian Mbappe and Matthijs De Ligt:

Elsewhere in the Kopa’s final standings, Borussia Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham came home in 2nd, with another Bundesliga-based talent – Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala – rounding out the podium.

In terms of Premier League representation, Manchester United and Arsenal pair Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka were separated by just a solitary place, with the former pipping his English international teammate to 5th:

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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