Chukwueze is world’s ninth best U-21 player


Nigeria’s Samuel Chukwueze has been voted as the ninth best player in the world.

This was revealed in the voting details for Kopa Trophy Award revealed on Tuesday.

Chukwueze tied for ninth place with Valencia’s Lee Kang-in, who won the Golden Ball award at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

On Monday, Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt won the Kopa Trophy at the ceremony of the Ballon d’Or at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Jadon Sancho, Joao Felix, Vinicius Junior and Andriy Lunin were among the top five players.

Arsenal midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi was the best ranked player representing a Premier League club, finishing joint sixth with Kai Havertz, while Everton’s Kean was eight in the classification.

An U-17 World Cup winner with Nigeria in 2015, Chukwueze joined the Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Chukwueze who came close to joining Arsenal in 2016 – arrived at Villarreal from Nigeria’s Diamond Academy in August 2017.



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