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De Ligt scoops Kopa Trophy for best young player

The Holland and Juventus defender has scooped the second edition of the Kopa award, which is handed to the most outstanding player under 21.

Netherlands and Juventus defender, Matthijs de Ligt (L) and his girlfriend Annekee Molenaar arrive to attend the Ballon d'Or France Football 2019 ceremony at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris on December 2, 2019. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt won the second edition of the Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or gala in Paris on Monday.

The Kopa Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player under the age of 21, with PSG star Kylian Mbappé winning the first edition last year.

Dutch centre back De Ligt was among ten candidates for this year’s edition of the award and eventually beat out fellow favourites João Félix of Atletico Madrid and Borrussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

The Juventus player's nomination come days after Felix won Tuttosport's Golden Boy accolade

Kylian Mbappé hands the Kopa award to Matthijs de Ligt.
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Kylian Mbappé hands the Kopa award to Matthijs de Ligt.CHRISTIAN HARTMANNREUTERS

De Ligt's credentials

De Ligt’s nomination comes on the back of an stunning campaign last season with Ajax, whom he captained to their first Champions League semi-final since 1997 at the tender age of 19.

The talented young defender was the subject of an intense bidding war in the summer, with Juventus beating early favourites Barcelona to secure his signature in July. 

Following his 85-million-euro move to Serie A, the Ajax academy graduate has clocked up 15 appearances for Juventus, netting one goal.


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