Bukayo Saka gets his first ever Ballon d’Or nomination in 2023.

Bukayo Saka gets his first ever Ballon d’Or nomination in 2023.

Saka’s Recognition France Football has unveiled its 30-player shortlist, and among the distinguished names, England’s Bukayo Saka from Arsenal has earned a well-deserved spot. This recognition places him alongside fellow Arsenal players Amanda Ilestedt and Katie Mccabe as some of the world’s top talents.

Kopa Trophy History Saka’s nomination is a significant milestone in his career. He has previously been nominated twice for the Kopa Trophy, which honors the best male player under the age of 21. However, he narrowly missed out on the award in both 2021 and 2022, losing to Barcelona’s emerging talents Pedri and Gavi.

Quest for Kopa Trophy At 22 years old, Saka now aims to become the first English player since Michael Owen in 2021 to claim the prestigious Kopa Trophy. Only two other Englishmen have achieved this feat: Bobby Charlton in 1966 and Kevin Keegan in 1978 and 1979. Saka’s nomination reflects his exceptional talents and contributions to the sport.

Aaron Ramsdale’s Nomination Arsenal’s goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is also in the spotlight, having earned a nomination for the Yashin Trophy, which celebrates the best goalkeeper in the world. Ramsdale competes against top-tier goalkeepers like Manchester City’s Ederson and Manchester United’s Andre Onana.

Stay Tuned for Updates Stay tuned for more updates and developments as France Football’s award ceremonies draw nearer, and the world awaits to see who will claim these prestigious titles.

Nominee Highlights (Men):

  • Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
  • Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
  • And more…

Nominee Highlights (Women):

  • Khadija Shaw (Man City)
  • Mapi Leon (Barcelona)
  • Mary Earps (Man United)
  • Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
  • Guro Reiten (Chelsea)
  • And more…

Nominee Highlights (Yashin Trophy – Best Goalkeeper):

  • Marc Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)
  • Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
  • Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
  • Ederson (Manchester City)
  • And more…
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