Two Nigerian – born Footballers, Saka And Adeyemi Make Top 10 Shortlist For World’s Best U21 Player At Ballon d’Or Awards

Arsenal’s Nigerian – born star, Bukayo Saka is the only Premier League player to make the ten-man Kopa Trophy shortlist at the Ballon d’Or awards.

Saka’a England team-mate Jude Bellingham is also among the nominees vying to be crowned the world’s best U21 player.


Karim Adeyemi, Eduardo Camavinga, Gavi, Ryan Gravenberch, Nuno Mendes, Jamal Musaila, Josko Gvardiol and Florian Wirtz round off the list.

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jude Bellingham (Dortmund), Karim Adeyemi (Dortmund), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Gavi (Barcelona), Ryan Gravenberch (Bayern Munich), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Jamal Musaila (Bayern Munich), Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig) and Florian Wirtz (Bayern Leverkusen)

The Arsenal winger enjoyed a stellar campaign for Mikel Arteta’s side last year – contributing 11 goals and seven assists as the Gunners secured a 5th placed finish.

Saka has become an integral part of Arteta’s team since breaking into the first team in 2019 – going on to score 23 goals in 123 appearances so far.

The 20-year-old picked up Arsenal’s Player of the Season award for 2021-22 and is hoping to pick up another individual accolade this evening.

Despite his success, Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga seems most likely to claim the award having played a crucial role in Los Blancos’ Champions League success last year.

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