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Kylian Mbappe has been crowned the best U21 player of 2018 after becoming the first winner of the Kopa trophy.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward, 19, beat Liverpool and England right-back Trent Alexander Arnold to the award after helping France win the World Cup in Russia, scoring in the 4-2 final win over Croatia.

Mbappe also played a pivotal role in PSG’s domestic treble last season under former coach Unai Emery following his move from Monaco, which eventually cost the Ligue 1 side £166m.
He has continued his impressive form this term as well, registering 14 goals and seven assists in his first 15 games across all competitions.

“This rewards a great year, which I realised thanks to all my team-mates at PSG and with the national team.

“I will never forget the adventure of the World Cup. It’s a good time to thank them. And it’s an extra motivation to keep working.

“My next goal? It is to win everything. It will be with hard work and help from my team-mates.”

The 10-man shortlist for the award included Justin Kluivert, Christian Pulisic and Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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