L’Equipe have revealed the ten nominees for the 2023 Kopa Trophy. The Kopa Trophy rewards the best young player in the world.
England international midfielder and Real Madrid’s goalscoring sensation Jude Bellingham can be considered the favorite to lift the Kopa Trophy on Monday October 30th. The former Borussia Dortmund man will face fierce competition from Barcelona midfielders Pedri and Gavi, the latter being the recipient of the 2022 accolade. Barcelona full-back and Spain international Alejandro Baldé also made the cut.
Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is not the only French nominee. France U21 international centre-forward Elye Wahi, who took Ligue 1 by storm in logging 19 goals and six assists with Montpellier, has also been selected. Dutch international playmaker and PSG loanee, currently at RB Leipzig, Xavi Simons is part of the list too.
The other nominees include centre-back Antonio Silva, the latest gem coming through the ranks of SL Benfica’s academy, Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala, who scored the Bavarians’ title-winning goal last season, and Rasmus Hojlund, who joined Manchester United from Atalanta Bergamo.
The 2023 Kopa Trophy nominees
Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Pedri, Gavi, Alejando Baldé (Barcelona), Elye Wahi (Lens), Xavi Simons (RB Leipzig), Antonio Silva (SL Benfica), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Rasmus Holjund (Manchester United)
GFFN | Bastien Cheval