Barcelona players Gavi, Ilias and Balde win Next Generation awards

At the Next Generation awards, picked the 50 greatest young players of the year.

All candidates are U19, therefore born after 1 January 2003.

Three of this year’s selection were from FC Barcelona: Alejandro Balde, Ilias Akhomach and Gavi. The trio were presented with their trophies on Monday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

Balde was 35th in the ranking, Ilias 18th and first-teamer Gavi, who has been in Xavi’s squad all season, came third, behind Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen) and the winner Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund).

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