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One African Makes France Football's Top 10 Talents Shortlist

France Football Magazine Awards 

On the day when France Football magazine is announcing the winners of the best individual performers of the year, one African youngster made the list. 

Read: CR7 Among First Ballon d'Or Nominees, No Messi, Neymar Or Salah Yet

Mali International, Amadou Haidara, plays for Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg, with the 20-year-old playing in two of his side’s UEFA Europa league matches this season, scoring just the one goal.

The midfielder has played a starring role since breaking into Mali’s senior national team, and will be hoping to add this prestigious award to his individual accolade collection. 

However, he faces strong competition in France international Kylian Mbappe, as well as Liverpool’s star fullback, Trent Alexander-Arnold.  

The inaugural Kopa Trophy recognises the talent of players under the age of 21. 

Below is a full list of the nominees: 

Trent Alexander-Arnold (England / Liverpool)

Houssem Aouar (France / Lyon)

Cutrone (Italy / AC Milan) 

Ritsu Doan (Japan / Groningen) 

Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy / AC Milan) 

Justin Kluivert (Netherlands / AS Roma) 

Kylian Mbappe (France / Paris Saint-Germain)

Christian Pulisic (USA / Borussia Dortmund) 

Rodrygo (Brazil / Santos) 

Amadou Haidara (Mali / Red Bull Salzburg)

Who do you think has been the best young player in the past year? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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