Golden Boy 2017
Every year Italian daily Tuttosport announced the 40 best young players for their annual Golden Boy award.
Tuttosport announce the best Under-21 players every year towards the end of September and have the public vote on who they think is the best young talent.
This is the 15th edition of the Golden Boy award and Tuttosport big it up as the “young Ballon d’Or.”
To compile their list of 25 players, Tuttosport consulted with major newspapers in key European countries.
Previous winners include Messi, Aguero, Martial & Sanches
These include L’Equipe (France), Marca (Spain), The Times (England), A Bola (Portugal) and De Telegraaf (Holland). As well as three Italian dailies: Tuttosport themselves, Corriere dello Sport and Gazzetta dello Sport.
Previous winners include: Leo Messi, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Agüero, Mario Götze and Paul Pogba. The first ever winner was Rafael van der Vaart.
The 2016 winner was Renato Sanches, who now finds himself at Swansea. After enjoying a brilliant Euro 2016, Sanches struggled at Bayern Munich and moved to Wales on loan.
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling claimed the award in 2014. In 2015, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial was victorious.
Kylian Mbappe is the 2017 Golden Boy
On Monday, Tuttosport have revealed that PSG striker Kylian Mbappe is the 2017 Golden Boy.
18-year-old Mbappe scored 26 goals in 44 appearances for Monaco, before his mega move to Paris last summer.
Mbappe has scored four goals in eight games for PSG this season.
Kylian Mbappé is the 2017 Golden Boy, as revealed in Monday's edition of Tuttosport. pic.twitter.com/p8AowFsge7
— City Watch (@City_Watch) October 22, 2017
Bad for Man City & Barcelona
Mbappe won the prize ahead of Man City striker Gabriel Jesus and Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.
Gabriel Jesus has been in sparkling form for Man City and Brazil in recent times. He has six Premier League goals already this season.
As for Ousmane Dembele, he’s on the sidelines for Barcelona with a long-term hamstring problem. He hopes to be back in action early in 2018.