Kylian Mbappe Wins The Inaugural Kopa Trophy Award

There was no way it could possibly have been anyone else but Kylian Mbappe has become the first recipient of the inaugural 'Kopa Trophy'.

The brand new award is for the best player under the age of 21 and is named after the Ballon d'Or winner from 1958, Raymond Kopa - who won three European cups as part of a special Real Madrid team in the 50's.

To help select the winner, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have dominated the last 10 years of the Ballon d'Or award with five wins each, were both drafted in as part of the judging panel.

And to the surprise of absolutely no-one, 19-year old boy-wonder Mbappe has scooped the gong. The former Monaco man was in the mix for the Ballon d'Or but will go down history as the first winner of the new prize.

It's been an utterly unbelievable year for Mbappe. He helped PSG to win a domestic treble in his first season at the club, scoring 21 goals in 44 appearances. Then, he followed that up by playing a starring role as France won their first World Cup for 20 years.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Mbappe bagged four goals in his debut international football tournament, including twice in a Man of the Match performance in the thrilling last 16 win over Argentina and a strike in the final over Croatia - which meant he became the first teenager to do so since Pele.

He was crowned the best young player at the World Cup and has well and truly cemented his place as the best young player in world football with his latest prize.

Mbappe won the voting by an absolutely landslide, with Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold and Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic among those beaten to the award.

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