Trent Alexander-Arnold, Justin Kluivert, Matthijs De Ligt, Patrick Cutrone and Vinicius Junior are the names in rivalry for the 2018 Golden Boy award — with holder Kylian Mbappe out of the working.
Roma’s Kluivert, Ajax’s De Ligt, Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold, AC Milan’s Cutrone and Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior will discover out who wins on Dec. 17.
The award, first won by Rafael van der Vaart in 2003, adopted by Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi, is organised by Italian newspaper Tuttosport and introduced to the excellent teen over the course of the 12 months.
A unique participant has picked up the prize each time and, whereas there was no rule stopping Mbappe from profitable it once more, he’s anticipated to be a high three candidate for the Ballon d’Or and will not be thought-about by the Golden Boy jury of journalists.
“The philosophy is to launch one new face annually,” Massimo Franchi, who oversees the award, instructed ESPN FC.
“This began with Messi in 2005 — we could not simply vote Messi annually, even when he was nonetheless younger sufficient for the Golden Boy.
“It’s all the time an essential prize, however he [Mbappe] is out of the working to win this. One month after he won the Golden Boy final 12 months, he got here seventh for the Ballon d’Or and he’d solely won a Ligue 1 with Monaco.
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“Now he is won the World Cup, starred for Paris Saint-Germain and is worthy of profitable the Ballon d’Or, so there is no such thing as a want for him to return and win the Golden Boy once more. That is why Messi and Rooney did not get it a second time both.
“We inserted him within the [initial list of] candidates as a result of he’s nonetheless in the proper age group, and in addition as a result of we have now a web based vote.
“It is then up to the jury and there’s no rule which says he cannot [win again], but it surely’s like a college graduate who’s then requested to return to faculty for one more examination. He is moved to the subsequent stage.”
Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches took the prize in 2016, whereas Anthony Martial was the 2015 winner. Raheem Sterling, Paul Pogba, Isco, Mario Gotze and Mario Balotelli are different earlier winners.