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Matthijs de Ligt beats Kylian Mbappe, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Christian Pulisic to Kopa Trophy as defender is voted the world's best player under 21

Matthijs de Ligt was named the world's best player under the age of 21De Ligt enjoyed a fine season for Ajax before moving to Juventus in the summerThe defender has formed a defensive partnership with Virgil van Dijk for HollandDe Ligt was awarded the Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d'Or ceremony 

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt has won the Kopa Trophy for the world's best player under the age of 21.

De Ligt was one of 10 nominees, including Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, PSG forward Kylian Mbappe and Chelsea's Christian Pulisic.

The centre-back enjoyed a fine season for Ajax in 2018/19 before joining Serie A side Juventus in a £67.8 million deal in the summer.

Matthijs de Ligt beats Kylian Mbappe, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Christian Pulisic to Kopa Trophy as defender is voted the world's best player under 21

Matthijs de Ligt has won the Kopa Trophy for the world's best player under the age of 21

De Ligt was one of 10 nominees for the award, including Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe

The centre-back enjoyed a fine 2018/19 season for Ajax before joining Juventus in the summer

De Ligt initially struggled to find his feet at Juve after a nightmare debut but has impressed in recent weeks. 

The 20-year-old has also formed a sturdy defensive partnership with Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk for Holland. 

De Ligt's award comes after he missed out on the Golden Boy prize last week, which was awarded to Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix.

The Holland international received his prize at Monday's Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris and succeeds last year's winner Mbappe in landing the award.


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