As the 2019 ballon dor goes on, Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt has been crowned the winner of the 2019 edition of the Kopa trophy during the Ballon d’Or awards in France.
Dutchman youngster Matthijs de Ligt beat
off competition from Samuel Chukwueze, Joao Felix of Atletico Madrid, Jadon Sancho and six others to clinch the prestigious award.
Ligt becomes the second youngster to win the prize after Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, who won the maiden edition last December.
The 20-year-old joined the Old Lady in a five-year deal valued around €85.50 million deal in the summer from Ajax Amsterdam.
His performances, which helped the Oranje Boys reach the semifinals of last season’s Champions League and also helped them win the Netherlands league title attracted attention to him.
Despite his defensive role, de Ligt scored six goals and one assist in all competitions for the Dutch topflight side before moving to Italy in August.
He has however continued his impressive displays for the Old Lady having scored once in 11 Serie A matches this term.
De Ligt also outshined the likes of Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho, Everton’s Moise Kean, Vinicius Jr among others.
Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid/Portugal)
Jadon Sancho (Dortmund/England)
Moise Kean (Everton/Italy)
Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal/Nigeria)
Kang-in Lee (Valencia/South Korea)
Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus/Netherlands)
Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid/Brazil)
Kai Havertz (Bayern Leverkusen/Germany)
Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal/France)
Andriy Lunin (Real Valladolid/Ukraine)