Saka, Greenwood, Pedri, more nominees for the award

Kopa 2021 Trophy: Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka, Pedri González among other nominees for the prestigious award, see the complete list

Kopa 2021 Trophy: Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka, Pedri González among other nominees for the prestigious award, see the complete list- The annual award is presented by France Football and recognizes the best player in the world under the age of 21. Former Ballon d’Or recipients select the winner, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappé taking the inaugural award in 2018 and Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt won the following year. The Kopa Trophy was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kopa 2021 Trophy: Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka, Pedri González among other nominees for the prestigious award, see the full list

The nominees for the 2021 Kopa Trophy are:

Bukayo Saka (England / Arsenal)

Pedri Gonzalez (Spain / Barcelona)

Florian Wirtz (Germany / Bayer Leverkusen)

Giovanni Reyna (USA / Borussia Dortmund)

Mason Greenwood (England / Manchester United)

Jude Bellingham (England / Borussia Dortmund)

Jeremy Doku (Belgium / Rennes)

Ryan Gravenberch (Netherlands / Ajax)

Jamal Musiala (Germany / Bayern Munich)

Nuno Mendes (Portugal / PSG)

Kopa 2021 Trophy: Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka, Pedri González among other nominees for the prestigious award, see the full list

Kopa 2021 Trophy: English internationals

England internationals Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham are among the ten nominees for the 2021 Kopa Trophy.

Saka enjoyed a wonderful year with Arsenal, becoming arguably the club’s most important player, and he also played an important role in England’s run towards the final of Euro 2020; a final disappointingly missing a decisive penalty shot. Like Saka, Bellingham played a role in England’s successful summer and has become a vital player for Borussia Dortmund over the past 12 months.

While Greenwood was not part of the Three Lions team that reached the final in July, he has been on fire at the start of the current season with Man Utd. The 20-year-old already has three Premier League goals to his name in seven appearances, and will no doubt be added to that account after the international break in October.

Kope Trophy 2021: Bundesliga dominates the list

There are some nominated Premier League players, the rest of the list is dominated by Bundesliga talent. The highest German category has 40% of the award nominees: Bellingham, Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz and Giovanni Reyna.

However, perhaps the favorite for the award comes from La Liga. Barcelona star Pedri burst onto the scene in 2021, winning Euro 2020 as a young player of the tournament and becoming the most talked about young midfielder in recent times.

Kopa 2021 Trophy: Mason Greenwood, Bukayo Saka, Pedri González among other nominees for the prestigious award, see the full list

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