João Félix, 20 years old, was today third in the Kopa Trophy of the French magazine France Football, award for the best footballer in the world in 2019 under 21 years.
Five days after being named ‘Golden Boy’ by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the striker who last summer swapped Benfica for Atletico Madrid for 126 million euros was beaten by Dutchman Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax / Juventus), the winner, and Englishman Jason Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), according.
Felix was also among the 30 nominees for the Golden Ball, best player of the year award, finishing 28th on a list where Bernardo Silva was ninth and Cristiano Ronaldo is also in the ‘top 10’ by 13th. 6th time
Also on the list of 10 World Cup Trophy candidates were Nigerian Samuel Chukwuze, French Mattéo Guendouzi, German Kai Havertz, South Korean Lee Kang-in, Italian Moise Kean, Ukrainian goalkeeper Andrei Lounine and Brazilian Vinicius Jr.
In 2019, João Félix helped Benfica to win the Portuguese championship and Portugal to snatch the first edition of the League of Nations, then leading one of the biggest transfers in the history of football.
The France Football Award for players under 21 honors Raymond Kopa – who died in 2017 at the age of 85 – who was one of the best French players in history, won the Golden Ball in 1958 and played for Angers, Reims and Real Madrid. .
Frenchman Kylian Mbappé, a player at Paris Saint-Germain, won the first edition of the prize in 2018.