Mbappé wins inaugural Kopa Trophy
PSG and France star Kylian Mbappé was awarded the inaugural Kopa Trophy for the world's best player under 21, his World Cup- and domestic treble-winning year of 2018 also placing him fifth in the Ballon d'Or vote.
The rising star of world football may have missed out on the top gong in France Football's Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris on Monday night, but Kylian Mbappé was still very much in the spotlight as his fifth place in the Ballon d'Or vote was eclipsed by his receiving the inaugural Kopa Trophy.
The brand-new award, named after France legend Raymond Kopa - who was winning league titles in France in his very early 20s before becoming a part of Real Madrid's legendary side in the 50s - for the world's best performing player under 21.
What a year!
The trophy is a fitting reward for the 19-year-old from Bondy, on the outskirts of Paris, whose considerable footballing talent and athletic gifts saw him help Paris Saint-Germain to a domestic treble in 2017-18 and rack up 12 goals so far in the current campaign - including a quadruple in the space of 13 minutes in the 5-0 hammering of Lyon - the best scoring record in Europe's top five leagues this season.
However, it was in the World Cup in Russia that Mbappé made his presence felt on the global stage, wowing crowds with his electric pace, killer instinct and clinical finishing, notably scoring a double in the last 16 against Argentina - the first teenager to achieve such a feat since Pelé back in 1958 - and also scoring as Les Bleus defeated Croatia 4-2 in the final. He was awarded the FIFA Young Player Award for his four-goal heroics in the tournament.