De Ligt Beats Samuel Chukwueze To 2019 Kopa Trophy

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Dutch starlet Matthijs de Ligt won the Kopa Trophy for the best player aged under 21 ahead of Super Eagles sensation Samuel Chukwueze at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in Paris on Monday.

Defender De Ligt, 20, starred in the Ajax side who reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and won the Dutch title, before joining Juventus in the close season in a deal worth 85.5 million euros ($94.7 million).

The award is named after Raymond Kopa, the Real Madrid and France star of the post-war era who won the Ballon d’Or in 1958.

France forward Kylian Mbappe was the inaugural winner of the prize last year.

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