Future Real Madrid player Rodrygo Goes on Ballon d’Or young shortlist

Future Real Madrid player Rodrygo Goes has been nominated for the inaugural Kopa Trophy – the Ballon d’Or for Under-21 players.

The 17-year-old has starred with Santos in his native Brazil but will join Madrid next year after the two club’s struck a €45m deal this summer.

France and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is favourite to lift the inaugural gong, with Roma winger Justin Kluivert and Lyon star Houssem Aouar also in the frame.

Milan duo Patrick Cutrone and Gianluigi Donnarumma have both been nominated alongside Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, Borussia Dortmund playmaker Christian Pulisic, Red Bull Salzburg’s Amadou Haidara and Ritsu Dōan on Groningen.

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