After making the 10-man shortlist for the 2022 Kopa Trophy, Bukayo Saka has had to settle for an eighth-place finish.
Named after French legend Raymond Kopa and selected by former Ballon d’Or winners, the prize is awarded to the world’s best player under the age of 21.
This was the second year in a row that Saka was nominated. Last year, off the back of his eye-catching form at the European Championships, he finished sixth.
— Ballon d'Or #ballondor (@francefootball) October 17, 2022
Even though he’s dropped a couple of places this time around, it’s no mean feat making the top 10 given he didn’t get a chance to shine in Uefa competitions last season. Last month, he was voted England’s player of the year.
The Arsenal family ❤️
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) October 17, 2022
Saka flew to the stud-studded awards in Paris with Arsenal Women duo Beth Mead and Viv Miedema who are up for the Ballon d’Or Féminin.
2022 KOPA TROPHY TOP 10
1. Gavi, Barcelona
2. Eduardo Camavinga, Real Madrid
3. Jamal Musiala, Bayern Munich
4. Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund
5. Nuno Mendes, PSG
6. Joško Gvardiol, RB Leipzig
7. Ryan Gravenberch, Bayern Munich
8. Bukayo Saka, ARSENAL
9. Karim Adeyemi, Borussia Dortmund
10. Florian Wirtz, Bayer Leverkusen