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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!

NAMECLUBNATPOSITION
Achraf HakimiBorussia DortmundMORRight full-back
Alban LafontFiorentinaFRAGoalkeeper
Amadou HaidaraRB SalzburgMALMidfielder centre
Boubacar KamaraOlympique MarseilleFRACentre-back
Christian PulisicBorussia DortmundUSAAtt. midfielder
Dani OlmoDinamo ZagrebESPLeft winger
Dayot UpamecanoRB LeipzigFRACentre-back
Dejan JoveljicRed StarSERStriker
Diogo DalotManchester UnitedPORRight full-back
Eder MilitaoFC PortoBRACentre-back
EvanderFC MidtjyllandBRAAtt. midfielder
Houssem AouarOlympique LyonFRAMidfielder centre
Ismaila SarrStade RennesSENLeft winger
Joao FelixBenficaPORAtt. midfielder
Josip BrekaloWolfsburgCROLeft winger
JotaBenficaPORLeft winger
Jovane CabralSportingCAPRight winger
Jules KeitaDijonGUILeft winger
Justin BijlowFeyenoordNEDGoalkeeper
Justin KluivertAS RomaNEDLeft winger
Kelvin Adou AmianToulouseFRARight full-back
Kylian MbappeParis Saint-GermainFRARight winger
Manu GarciaToulouseESPAtt. midfielder
Marcelo SaracchiRB LeipzigURULeft full-back
Matthijs de LigtAjaxNEDCentre-back
Moise KeanJuventusITAStriker
Moussa DiabyParis Saint-GermainFRARight winger
Moussa DjenepoStandard LiegeMALLeft winger
Moussa WagueFC BarcelonaSENRight winger
Musa BarrowAtalantaGAMStriker
Nicolò ZanioloAS RomaITAAtt. midfielder
Odsonne EdouardCelticFRAStriker
Patrick CutroneAC MilanITAStriker
Phil FodenManchester CityENGMidfielder centre
Pietro PellegriAS MonacoITAStriker
Ritsu DoanFC GroningenJAPAtt. midfielder
Timothy WeahParis Saint-GermainUSAStriker
Tom DaviesEvertonENGMidfielder centre
Trent Alexander ArnoldLiverpoolENGRight full-back
Vinicius JuniorReal MadridBRALeft winger

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