Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies has claimed his team-mate Jamal Musiala has been ‘denied’ the Kopa trophy after finishing third in the race for the prize at Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony.
The Kopa trophy is awarded to the best under-21 player in the world, and Musiala appeared to have a great chance of coming out on top on the way to the event.
However, he was tapped on the gong by Barcelona midfielder Gavi, while Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga came in second. Davies took to Twitter on Tuesday to point out that Musiala had struggled but expects to win the Ballon d’or at some point in his career.
Gavi was declared the winner of the Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or awards on Monday evening
Alphonso Davies thinks his Bayern Munich team-mate Jamal Musiala should have won
Davies was unhappy that Musiala didn’t win the Kopa Trophy but is confident he will win the Ballon d’Or
“They may have denied you your Kopa trophy, but they won’t deny you your future Ballon d’Or,” Davies wrote.
Musiala is only 19, but he has already played 92 games for Bayern since he came in 2019, scoring 22 goals.
He has won the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons with the club and is now a central figure in Julian Nagelsmann’s squad.
Meanwhile, Gavi, who just turned 18 in August, had his breakthrough at Camp Nou, scoring twice in 60 appearances for the Spanish giants.
Musiala was key to Bayern’s success in recent seasons, but missed the Kopa Trophy
Both men have been tipped for a bright future, but it is clear who according to Davies will become the better player.
Musiala has won 17 caps for Germany and is expected to become a key player at their side at the World Cup later this year.
Performances at the World Cup will likely play a major role in how the Ballon d’Or will be awarded next year, so Musiala could bring his name up for a chance to win it, as Davies has predicted, if he can shine in Qatar.
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