The Golden Boy Nominations have been announced and the biggest Shock for Many people was the Fact that Kylian Mbappe was left out of the final 5 Shortlist.
Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boy Award in 2017 but is still eligible for the coveted trophy as he is under the age of 21. While some fans think he is omitted because he won the award last Season while other optimistic fans think it’s because Kylian Mbappe will make it to the Ballon d’Or shortlist.
That is a realistic possibility given that the awards are organized by France’s Football Federation. The 5 Final Nominees are still a great group of Players so let’s have a look at them.
⭐️ The nominees for the Golden Boy have been announced:
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1. Trent Alexander-Arnold- Liverpool (20 Years-old)
The Liverpool Youngster has been phenomenal at the Merseyside Club and has made the Right-Back position his own keeping Compatriot Nathaniel Clyne out of the team.
Alexander-Arnold broke Into England’s World Cup Squad this year, was easily in the top 3 Right Backs in the Premier League and According to Statistics site, Squawka made just one defensive error in the whole 2017/18 Premier League Season. He is a definite favorite for the Golden Boy.
2. Patrick Cutrone- AC Milan (20 Years-Old)
Cutrone was a pleasant Surprise for AC Milan last Season. After investing so much Money in bringing top players to the Club and spending 38 Million on a Striker like Andre Silva and then watching him fail must’ve hurt fans of the Club.
Surprise Surprise, a new star breaks onto the Scene and Cutrone scored an impressive 18 Goals in his first Full Season for his boyhood Club. Furthermore, He broke into the Italy Squad as well to earn his first Cap.
3. Matthijs de Ligt- Ajax (19 Years-Old)
de Ligt is probably the most sought after Centre-Back in the World right now and the Dutch Teenager is living up to the hype.
He has seemed to become Ajax’s most important defender and is evidently growing with every game for the Netherlands especially when he’s paired alongside Virgil Van Dijk. No wonder Barcelona are reportedly ready to pay 80 Million Euros for him.
4. Justin Kluivert- Ajax/Roma (19 Years-Old)
It isn’t often that a famous Footballer’s Son goes on to play as well as his Father. We aren’t saying that Justin Kluivert is going to achieve what the Great Patrick Kluivert did but he certainly has potential.
Kluivert Jr. Reportedly had offers from the Likes of Barcelona and Manchester United after shining at Ajax but according to his Father, they picked Roma in order to have more game time and chances to grow. Roma Legend, Francesco Totti personally called Patrick Kluivert to advocate the move.
5. Vinicius Jr.- Real Madrid (18 Years-Old)
The Brazilian youth sensation Cost Real Madrid a reported 46 Million Euros when he signed a Pre-Contract 2 years back that would see him move to the Los Blancos after he turned 18.
Though Vinicius isn’t a regular in the senior Real Madrid team yet, He has turned some heads for the Youth Madrid and Brazil Teams. Vinicius is an exciting prospect for the future and Madrid will hope to get the best out of him.