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European Golden Boy 2018 Shortlist

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The Golden Boy is here! Each year reporters from the biggest newspapers select the best young player in Europe. All nominees must be under the age of 21 and must play in one of Europe’s top tier leagues. They recently published the final shortlist and we wanted to share this with you. 

Golden Boy award

The Golden Boy is a creation of Italian newspaper Tuttosport in 2003. Now, 15 years later many big newspapers from all over Europe participate in the voting. So, these days Bild (Germany), Mundo Deportivo (Spain), France Football (France) and de Telegraaf (Holland) all have a vote.

Every newspaper puts a journalist forward in the voting as a juror. They can all nominate five players, who they will give points. 10 for the player that he perceives as the most impressive, 7 for second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth and 1 point for fifth.

Previous winners

The first winner of the Golden Boy Award was Ajax midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. Later the former Real Madrid and Tottenham midfielder was followed by some of football’s biggest names. Other winners were Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba, Renato Sanches and Kylian Mbappe.

Contenders for the Golden Boy 2018 award

A total of 100 players were on the original Golden Boy list and it has now been reduced to a 40 player shortlist. Biggest contender for the 2018 award is obviously Kylian Mbappe. The young French winger had a remarkable first season for Paris Saint-Germain. And above all he won the World Cup with France, collecting the Young Player of the Tournament award.

Other well-known players on this years’ Golden Boy list are Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Justin Kluivert (AS Roma), Mathijs de Ligt (Ajax) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).

Football Manager 2019

With the new Football Manager on its way, the Golden Boy list could help you when starting a new career. Wonderkids lists are waiting for the full release and this list could give you a head start. Therefore we decided to give you this list already.

You can also use the Golden Boy list for Football Manager 2018, especially if you use our Transfer Update. Our update has updated leagues and all summer transfers. It makes sure your copy of Football Manager is always up to date!

NAME CLUB NAT POSITION
Achraf Hakimi Borussia Dortmund MOR Right full-back
Alban Lafont Fiorentina FRA Goalkeeper
Amadou Haidara RB Salzburg MAL Midfielder centre
Boubacar Kamara Olympique Marseille FRA Centre-back
Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund USA Att. midfielder
Dani Olmo Dinamo Zagreb ESP Left winger
Dayot Upamecano RB Leipzig FRA Centre-back
Dejan Joveljic Red Star SER Striker
Diogo Dalot Manchester United POR Right full-back
Eder Militao FC Porto BRA Centre-back
Evander FC Midtjylland BRA Att. midfielder
Houssem Aouar Olympique Lyon FRA Midfielder centre
Ismaila Sarr Stade Rennes SEN Left winger
Joao Felix Benfica POR Att. midfielder
Josip Brekalo Wolfsburg CRO Left winger
Jota Benfica POR Left winger
Jovane Cabral Sporting CAP Right winger
Jules Keita Dijon GUI Left winger
Justin Bijlow Feyenoord NED Goalkeeper
Justin Kluivert AS Roma NED Left winger
Kelvin Adou Amian Toulouse FRA Right full-back
Kylian Mbappe Paris Saint-Germain FRA Right winger
Manu Garcia Toulouse ESP Att. midfielder
Marcelo Saracchi RB Leipzig URU Left full-back
Matthijs de Ligt Ajax NED Centre-back
Moise Kean Juventus ITA Striker
Moussa Diaby Paris Saint-Germain FRA Right winger
Moussa Djenepo Standard Liege MAL Left winger
Moussa Wague FC Barcelona SEN Right winger
Musa Barrow Atalanta GAM Striker
Nicolò Zaniolo AS Roma ITA Att. midfielder
Odsonne Edouard Celtic FRA Striker
Patrick Cutrone AC Milan ITA Striker
Phil Foden Manchester City ENG Midfielder centre
Pietro Pellegri AS Monaco ITA Striker
Ritsu Doan FC Groningen JAP Att. midfielder
Timothy Weah Paris Saint-Germain USA Striker
Tom Davies Everton ENG Midfielder centre
Trent Alexander Arnold Liverpool ENG Right full-back
Vinicius Junior Real Madrid BRA Left winger

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