Kylian Mbappe is hoping to become the first player to win the Golden Boy award–given to the world's top player under 21–multiple times.

By 90Min
November 01, 2018

Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United stars are among the talented young players to have made the final cut for the 2018 Golden Boy award.

The original list of 40 names has been whittled down to just 20 for the prestigious accolade, with the winner to be announced later in the year.

Presented each season to the best player in Europe aged 21 or under, the likes of Vinicius Junior, Phil Foden, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Dalot and Justin Kluivert are all still in with a chances of joining past winners Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe himself is also on the list and could become the first player to win twice after his incredible performances for a victorious France team at the World Cup during the summer.

Tuttosport, the publication that created the award in 2003, has also named Patrick Cutrone of Milan, Everton youngster Tom Davies, Dayot Upamencano of Red Bull Leipzig and Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt on the reduced list.

Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, Paris Saint-Germain's Timothy Weah and Juventus' Moise Kean were the highest profile names not to make the cut from the 40-strong list.

Final 20 Nominees for 2018 Golden Boy Award: 

Player Club Nationality Date of Birth
Trent Alexander-Arnold (DF) Liverpool English 7th October 1998
Kelvin Amian (DF) Toulouse French 8th February 1998
Houssem Aouar (MF) Lyon French 30th June 1998
Josip Brekalo (FW) Wolfsburg Croatian 23rd June 1998
Patrick Cutrone (FW) Milan Italian 2nd January 1998
Dani Olmo (FW) Dinamo Zagreb Spanish 7th May 1998
Tom Davies (MF) Everton English 30th June 1998
Matthijs de Ligt (DF) Ajax Dutch 12th August 1999
Diogo Dalot (DF) Manchester United Portuguese 18th Match 1999
Eder Militao (DF) Porto Brazilian 18th January 1998
Odsonne Edouard (FW) Celtic French 16th January 1998
Phil Foden (MF) Manchester City English 28th May 2000
Gedson Fernandes (MF) Benfica Portuguese 9th January 1999
Amadou Haidara (MF) Red Bull Salzburg Malian 31st January 1998
Achraf Hakimi (DF) Borussia Dortmund Moroccan 4th November 1998
Nanitamo Ikone (MF) Lille French 2nd May 1998
Justin Kluivert (FW) Roma Dutch 5th May 1999
Kylian Mbappe (FW) Paris Saint-Germain French 20th December 1998
Dayot Upamecano (DF) RB Leipzig French 27th October 1998
Vinicius Junior (FW) Real Madrid Brazilian 12th July 2000

France Football, who oversees the Ballon d'Or, recently created its own similar award for players aged 21 or under, the Kopa Trophy, named for the late France legend Raymond Kopa.

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