Mbappe beats Alexander-Arnold, Kluivert & Donnarumma to Trophee Kopa award
Mbappe beats Alexander-Arnold, Kluivert & Donnarumma to Trophee Kopa award

Mbappe beats Alexander-Arnold, Kluivert & Donnarumma to Trophee Kopa award

The Ballon d’Or nominee becomes the first-ever winner of the award after helping PSG to a Ligue 1 title and France to the World Cup

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe has been named the winner of the inaugural Trophee Kopa award, handed out by France Football during the Ballon d’Or ceremony for the best young player under 21.

Mbappe, who lifted the World Cup in France as well as storming to yet another Ligue 1 title with PSG, beat off competition from the likes of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic and Roma’s Justin Kluivert to be named the victor.

“I am very happy to receive this award,” Mbappe said. “This rewards a great year, which I realise is thanks to all my team-mates in club and national team.

“I will never forget the adventure of the World Cup. It’s a good time to thank them. And it’s an extra motivation to keep working.

“My next goal? It is to lift everything (not only the Ballon D’Or). It will be with hard work and I’ll need help from my team-mates”.

The 19-year-old forward, who will turn 20 on December 20, is coming off a magnificient year for both club and country.

In his first year with PSG after €180 million loan-to-buy move from Monaco, Mbappe managed 13 goals and eight assists in 27 Ligue 1 appearances, while adding another four goals and three assists for the club in the Champions League.