20 year-old defender Joško Gvardiol is among the top-10 nominees for the 2022 Kopa Trophy!
The Kopa Trophy is awarded to the best under-21 footballer of the year. In the past, players such as Pedri, Kylian Mbappe, and Matthijs de Ligt have won the prize.
Gvardiol is the only true defender included in the top-10 of this year’s voting. It is becoming more and more clear that he is the best young defender in world football. With the likes of Gvardiol, the Vuškovič brothers, Sosa, Stanišić, Erlić, and Šutalo coming through the ranks, Croatia is on the verge of fielding their first world class backline since ’98.