Super Eagles star Samuel Chukwueze has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or award for the best U21 player of the year.
Chukwueze was among the 10-strong shortlist for the Kopa Trophy, which is Ballon d’Or’s award for the best performing player under the age of 21.
The award comes after the 20-year-old’s break-out year in Villarreal where he caught the eye with a series of fantastic performances.
The Nigeria international scored nine goals in all competitions in his breakthrough season with the Yellow Submarines.
Chukwueze was nominated for the Kopa Trophy alongside the likes of Jadon Sancho, Matteo Guendouzi, Joao Felix, Matthijs de Ligt, etc.
Chukwueze received rave reviews last season with his dribbling abilities and pace with which he troubled the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
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While rating the performance of Chukwueze last season, English journalist Sid Lowe who covers La Liga told Pulse Sports earlier this year that Nigeria is going to be a great player.
“Chukwueze is going to be a great player. He already is a good player, I think he’s going to be a great player,” Lowe said about the Nigerian forward.
Chukwueze in the year under review also impressed in the colours of his country Nigeria and played six games as the Super Eagles finished third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).