Kylian Mbappe wins Kopa award at Ballon d'Or ceremony

Kylian Mbappe names Eden Hazard as his toughest opponent of 2018

The top youngster in world football at the minute, Kylian Mbappe, in an interview with France Football has made a surprise admission in terms of the best player he has faced in 2018.

Paris Saint-Germain's World Cup-winning forward Kylian Mbappe emerged the inaugural victor of the Kopa Trophy on Monday, December 3, after seeing off the trio of Christian Pulisic and Roma winger Kluivert at the award night. Nearly every European giant was interested in signing the teenager, but he eventually joined PSG on loan in 2017 before securing a permanent move to Paris during the summer.

However, he was linked with a number of other clubs around Europe, including virtually all of the Premier League's big six, and he has now revealed he turned down a move to Arsenal, despite holding talks with Arsene Wenger.

Wenger's admiration for Mbappe has been well documented and the former Arsenal manager revealed past year that he even visited the forward's house in an attempt to sign him when he was still a Monaco player.

The teenage sensation is seen by many as the best young player in the modern game, with him being awarded the first "Kopa" trophy for the world's top young talent at the Ballon d'Or ceremony on Monday.

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"A little while ago, before I signed for PSG, we were in contact in 2017".

"He won titles before and I hope he wins them again after".

The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who won the World Cup, scoring four goals in the tournament, lifted the new Kopa trophy created by France Football. "I sent him a congratulatory message when he signed for Arsenal, and now I am following from afar".

Meanwhile, Lyon's Ada Hegerberg, 23, became the first victor of the women's Ballon d'Or.

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