Ballon d'Or 2019: Who are the 10 young stars shortlisted for the Kopa Trophy?

After Kylian Mbappe won the inaugural edition of the Kopa Trophy, a new set of young stars look set to battle for this year's accolade. On Monday, France Football revealed the names of 10 youngsters who broke on to the scene in the calendar year with eye-catching performances for their respective clubs and national teams.

The trophy, which is named after France and Real Madrid legend Raymond Kopa - the Ballon d'Or winner in 1958 - is dedicated to players under 21-years-old. Just like the Ballon d'Or, the identity of the eventual winner will be revealed on December 3 in Paris.

Below are the 10 nominees contesting for the 2019 Kopa Trophy:

  1. Joao Felix (Benfica/Atlético | Portugal)

  2. Jadon Sancho (Dortmund | England)

  3. Moise Kean (Juventus/Everton | Italy)

  4. Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal | Nigeria)

  5. Kang-in Lee (Valencia | South Korea)

  6. Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus | Netherlands)

  7. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid | Brazil)

  8. Kai Havertz (Leverkusen | Germany)

  9. Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal | France)

  10. Andrei Lounine (Valladolid | Spain).

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