2019 U-21 Balloon D’Or: Chukwueze Nominated for Best Player Award
- Nigeria winger Samuel Chukuweze has been nominated for the 2019 Kopa Trophy Award.
- If luck be on his side, he will emerge the world best Under 21 Football player of the year 2019 in the Ballon D’Or.
Created last year, the Kopa Trophy which is named after former French footballer, Raymond Kopa is designed for the best U-21 footballer in the world.
Chukuweze, who has scored two goals in eight league appearances for Villarreal this season is the first Nigerian to be nominated for the award.
The 20-year-old is nominated alongside Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix, Jason Sancho of Borrussia Dortmund, Everton young forward Moise Lean, Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi and Vicinus Jr of Real Madrid.
Juventus defender, Matthijs de Ligt, Bayern Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, Andrei Lounine of Real Valladolid and
Valencia’s Kang-in Lee completed the list.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe won the award last year.
The winner will be picked by former winners of the Ballon d’Or with the award ceremony to hold on December 2nd.
FULL LIST OF NOMINEES
- João Félix
- Jadon Sancho
- Moise Kean
- Samuel Chukwueze
- Kang-in Lee
- Matthijs de Ligt
- Vinicius Jr
- Kai Havertz
- Mattéo Guendouzi
- Andreï Lounine