De Ligt wins young player gong, Alisson best 'keeper at Ballon d'Or

Paris - Dutch starlet Matthijs de Ligt won the Kopa Trophy for the best player aged under 21 at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in Paris on Monday, while Liverpool star Alisson won the inaugural Yashin Trophy for the best goalkeeper.

Defender De Ligt, 20, starred in the Ajax side who reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and won the Dutch title, before joining Juventus in the close season in a deal worth 85.5 million.

The award is named after Raymond Kopa, the Real Madrid and France star of the post-war era who won the Ballon d'Or in 1958.

France forward Kylian Mbappe was the inaugural winner of the prize last year.

Alisson is the first winner of the new Yashin Trophy for the best goalkeeper, named after former USSR icon Lev Yashin.

He helped Liverpool to Champions League glory and also won the Copa America with Brazil, form that also led to him finishing seventh in the voting for the overall men's Ballon d'Or prize.

The winners and other top finishers in the four trophies awarded at the 2019 Ballon d'Or ceremony on Monday in Paris:

Men's Ballon d'Or

1. Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona) 

2. Virgil van Dijk (NED/Liverpool)

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Juventus)

4. Sadio Mane (SEN/Liverpool)

5. Mohamed Salah (EGY/Liverpool)

6. Kylian Mbappe (FRA/PSG)

7. Alisson Becker (BRA/Liverpool)

8. Robert Lewandowski (POL/Bayern Munich) 

9. Bernardo Silva (POR/Manchester City)

10. Riyad Mahrez (ALG/Manchester City)

Women's Ballon d'Or

1. Megan Rapinoe (USA/Reign FC) 

2. Lucy Bronze (ENG/Lyon)

3. Alex Morgan (USA/Orlando Pride)

4. Ada Hegerberg (NOR/Lyon)

5. Viviane Miedema (NED/Arsenal)

6. Wendie Renard (FRA/Lyon)

7. Sam Kerr (AUS/Chicago Red Stars)

8. Rose Lavelle (USA/Washington Spirit)

9. Ellen White (ENG/Manchester City)

10. Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER/Lyon)

Kopa trophy

(Best player under 21 on December 31)

1. Matthijs de Ligt (NED/Ajax Amsterdam then Juventus)

2. Jadon Sancho (ENG/Borussia Dortmund) 

3. Joao Felix (POR/Benfica then Atletico Madrid) 

Yashin trophy

(Best goalkeeper, presented for the first time)

1. Alisson Becker (BRA/Liverpool) 

3. Ederson (BRA/Manchester City)