Italian publication Tuttosport's annual award for the best under-21 player has a winner by unanimous decision. This year's award announcement just happens to coincide with The Best and Kylian Mbappé has won it with a record number of votes. He takes over the title of Golden Boy from Renato Sanches, who won the award last year.
The PSG playerwas one of the great revelations last year as he helped drive Monaco to a Champions League semi-final and a Ligue 1 title. His phenomenal season helped him register the most votes in the history of the award with 291 of 300 in his favour.
In second, and a distant second at that, is another French wonderkid, who now plays for Barcelona in Ousmane Dembelé followed by Marcus Rashford of Manchester United. Other notable names on the list that followed Mbappé's name were AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma, Real Madrid's Theo Hernandez and Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus.
There were four Spanish representatives on the list in Adrián Marín (Villarreal), Pol Lirola (Sassuolo), Mikel Oyarzábal (Real Sociedad) and Javier Ontiveros (Malaga).
Finalistas al Golden Boy 2017
|Jugador||Club actual (anterior)|
|Adrián Marín||Villarreal (Leganés)|
|Matthijs de Ligt||Ajax|
|Theo Hernández||Real Madrid|
|Youri Tielemans||Mónaco (Anderlecht)|
|Benjamin Henrichs||Bayer Leverkusen|
|Rubén Neves||Wolverhampton (Porto)|
|Kai Havertz||Bayer Leverkusen|
|Mikel Oyarzábal||Real Sociedad|
|Marcus Rashford||Manchester United|
|Osumane Dembelé||FC Barcelona (Borussia Dortmund)|
|Christian Pulisic||Borussia Dortmund|
|Gabriel Jesús||Manchester City|
|Kylian Mbappé||PSG (Mónaco)|