Milan are the only team to have two nominees, but the identity of the winner is already pretty clear.
The Rossoneri are one of the youngest teams in Europe and there are many up and coming talents in the Milan squad.
The two most prominent under 21 players in the squad of Gattuso at the moment are without a doubt Gianluigi Donnarumma (19) and Patrick Cutrone (20).
Donnarumma broke into the scene at 16 under Siniša Mihajlović and has since then made 132 appearances in the goalkeeper jersey of Milan. Donnarumma has had a very frustrating start to the season as he’s failed to keep a clean sheet in all the seven Serie A games Milan have played so far, and has already conceded 10 goals.
Cutrone’s first full season meanwhile was last year and despite having no first team experience, he managed to score 18 goals in all competitions. Patrick continues to be important even with the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain as he manages to change games when he comes off the bench.
Today it was announced that the two are included in France Football’s 10-man shortlist for the 2018 Trophée Kopa, which is a new trophy that is the Ballon d’Or for the under 21 players. Milan are the only team to have two nominees on the shortlist but it seems very clear that the winner of the trophy will be the 2018 World Cup winner and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé.
The nominees are: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool/England), Houssem Aouar (Lyon/France), Patrick Cutrone (Milan/Italy), Ritsu Doan (Groningen/Japan), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan/Italy), Amadou Haidara (Red Bull Salzburg/Mali), Justin Kluivert (AS Roma/Holland), Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain/France), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/USA), and Rodrygo (Santos/Brazil).
The winner will be announced on December 3rd and he will be chosen by a panel consisting of every single former Ballon d’Or winner who is still alive: Luis Suarez (1960), Denis Law (1964), Bobby Charlton (1966), Gianni Rivera (1969), Gerd Müller (1970), Franz Beckenbauer (1972, 1976), Oleg Blokhine (1975), Allan Simonsen (1977), Kevin Keegan (1978, 1979), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1980, 1981), Paolo Rossi (1982), Michel Platini (1983, 1984, 1985), Igor Belanov (1986), Ruud Gullit (1987), Marco Van Basten (1988, 1989, 1992), Lothar Matthäus (1990), Jean-Pierre Papin (1991), Roberto Baggio (1993), Hristo Stoichkov (1994), George Weah (1995), Matthias Sammer (1996), Ronaldo (1997, 2002), Zinédine Zidane (1998), Rivaldo (1999), Luis Figo (2000), Michael Owen (2001), Pavel Nedved (2003), Andriy Shevchenko (2004), Ronaldinho (2005), Fabio Cannavaro (2006), Kaka (2007), Cristiano Ronaldo (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) and Lionel Messi (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015).