Mbappe to retain Golden Boy award?

Posted: 4 September 2018 Time: 12:00

France wonderkid Kylian Mbappe is in pole position to become the first player to retain the Golden Boy award after making the cut on the updated shortlist.

The Golden Boy is an award that is given by sports journalists to a young football player playing in Europe perceived to have been the most impressive during a single calendar year.

Previous winners include Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, all of whom went on to become world-class talents at the highest level.

However, no player has ever managed to retain the title, something Mbappe will be aiming to do after making the top-60 shortlist.

All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European nation's top tier.

The full list of 2017/18 nominees:

Carles Alena (Barcelona)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Kelvin Adou Amian (Toulouse)

Houssem Aouar (Lyon)

Musa Barrow (Atalanta)

Sander Gard Bolin Berge (Genk)

Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord)

Abdelkader Brahim Diaz (Manchester City)

Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg)

Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan)

Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb)

Thomas Davies (Everton)

Mattijs de Ligt (Ajax)

Moussa Diaby (PSG)

Diogo Dalot (Manchester United)

Moussa Djenepo (Standard Liege)

Ritsu Doan (Groningen)

Eder Militao (Porto)

Odsonne Edouard (Celtic)

Evander (Midtjylland)

Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Juan Foyth (Tottenham)

Gedson Fernandes (Benfica)

Nicolas Gonzalez (Stuttgart)

Achraf (Borussia Dortmund)

Amadou Haidara (Red Bull Salzburg)

Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)

Jonathan Ikone (Lille)

Joao Filipe (Benfica)

Jovan Cabral (Sporting Club)

Dejan Joveljic (Red Star)

Boubacar Kamara (Marseille)

Yann Karamoh (Bordeaux)

Moise Kean (Juventus)

Jules Keita (Dijon)

Justin Kluivert (Roma)

Teun Koopmeiners (AZ Alkmaar)

Alban Lafont (Fiorentina)

Leo Jaba (PAOK)

Mikhail Lysov (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Jean-Victor Makengo (Nice)

Manu Garcia (Toulouse)

Mauro Junior (PSV Eindhoven)

Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

Weston McKennie (Schalke)

Evan N'Dicka (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Pietro Pellegri (Monaco)

Ronael Pierre-Gabriel (Monaco)

Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

Ruben Vinagre (Wolves)

Marcelo Saracchi (RB Leipzig)

Ismaila Sarr (Rennes)

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)

Anthony Moya Vega (Atletico Madrid)

Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)

Federico Valverde (Real Madrid)

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

Moussa Wague (Barcelona)

Timothy Weah (PSG)

Luca Zidane (Real Madrid)

Article by: Staff Reporter

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