Bayern coach Nagelsmann complains that Gavi won the Kopa Trophy
"Musiala (Bayern forward) and Bellingham (Dortmund midfielder) had better seasons"
At the Ballon d'Or gala on Monday in Paris, Barcelona was one of the teams with the most award-winning players. Alexia Putellas collected her second Ballon d'Or as the best player in the world. Robert Lewandowski won the Müller Trophy, in recognition of the forward with the most goals last season with the club and his national team. And, finally, Gavi won the Kopa Trophy, which is awarded to the best player in the world in the under-21 category. The 18-year-old midfielder succeeded teammate Pedri as the bearer of this individual title.
However, in Munich, they did not like that the award for the best young footballer was won by the Barça player. Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann was disappointed with the award, saying two Bundesliga players had done more to win it.
“Of course, one has the club glasses on, but usually I also have my own opinion," he said. "I would have voted otherwise. Jamal Musiala (Bayern forward) and Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund midfielder) have had better seasons than the winner. From my point of view, those two are ahead of Gavi."
However, the Bayern coach -- at a press conference ahead of the cup match against Augsburg on Wednesday -- did not want to detract from the Barça midfielder. "He is a great footballer, with a lot of talent. The award was not undeserved. He has an extremely winning mentality for his age," added the German strategist.
The truth is that, despite Nagelsmann's opinion, Gavi was the youngest nominee of the players competing for the award and managed to beat Real Madrid's Camavinga and Bayern's Musiala, who completed the podium. "It's an honor for me to be here and right now I remember all the people I've lived with at La Masia. I hope I win the Ballon d'Or. Everyone dreams of winning it", said the Blaugrana youth product when collecting the award.