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2018 Golden Boy List Slashed Down To Final 60 Players

Adnan Riaz

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2018 Golden Boy List Slashed Down To Final 60 Players

The race to become the 2018 Golden Boy winner has turned up a notch, with the list of potential contenders slashed by almost half.

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Kylian Mbappé, who was the talking point for his exploits with France in this summer's World Cup, remains in the handful of players left on the list.

The 19-year-old, who won the award in 2017, could enter the history books by becoming the first player to win the award twice.

Credit: Press Association
Credit: Press Association

The Golden Boy is no throwaway award. To put it into some perspective, it's an award that's been won by players like Wayne Rooney, Paul Pogba and Lionel Messi.

You can't doubt the chances for winning it are high for Mbappé, who picked up a World Cup medal and a domestic treble - Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue - with Paris Saint-Germain.

He's done that at the age of 19, which is crazy to think about when most players dream about breaking into the first team of a major club.

Mbappé might be a frontrunner, but that doesn't mean there's some tough competition facing him from other young, promising talent.

Manchester United's Diogo Dalot, Manchester City's Phil Foden and Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold are those names representing the Premier League this year.

Credit: Press Association
Credit: Press Association

In fact, it's literally open competition and Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic and Ajax's Matthijs De Ligt are those looking to take their place in the history books as the first defender to win the award.

The 60-man list will be drastically cut down to the final 20 in November. Journalists in Europe pick the winner in December, so it's a long way away before the clear winner begins to emerge.

You can find the full list below (via the Mirror):

  • Achraf Hakimi - Real Madrid
  • Carles Alena - Barcelona
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold - Liverpool
  • Kevin Adou Amian - Toulouse
  • Houssem Aouar - Lyon
  • Musa Barrow - Atalanta
  • Sander Berge - Genk
  • Brahim Diaz - Manchester City
  • Justin Bijlow - Feyenoord
  • Josip Brekalo - Wolfsburg
  • Patrick Cutrone - Milan
  • Dani Olmo - Dinamo Zagreb
  • Diogo Dalot - Manchester United
  • Tom Davies - Everton
  • Mathijs De Ligt - Ajax
  • Moussa Diaby - PSG
  • Moussa Djenepo - Standard Liege
  • Ritsu Doan - Groningen
  • Gabriel Eder Militao - Porto
  • Odsonne Edouard - Celtic
  • Ecco Evander - Midtjylland
  • Phil Foden - Manchester City
  • Juan Foyth - Tottenham
  • Godson Fernandes - Benfica
  • Nicolas Gonzalez - Stuttgart
  • Amadou Haidara - Red Bull Salzburg
  • Kai Havertz - Bayer Leverkusen
  • Jonathan Ikone - Lille
  • Joao Jota - Benfica
  • Eduardo Jovane Cabral - Sporting
  • Dejan Joveljic - Red Star Belgrade
  • Boubacar Kamara - Marseille
  • Yann Karamoh - Bordeaux
  • Moise Kean - Juventus
  • Abdoulaye Jules Keita - Dijon
  • Justin Kluivert - AS Roma
Credit: Press Association
Credit: Press Association
  • Tuen Koopmeiners - AZ Alkmaar
  • Alban Lafont - Toulouse
  • Leo Jaba - PAOK
  • Luca Zidane - Real Madrid
  • Mikhail Lysov - Lokomotiv
  • Jean-Victor Makengo - Nice
  • Manu Garcia - Toulouse
  • Mauro Junior - PSV
  • Kylian Mbappe - PSG
  • Weston McKennie - Schalke 04
  • Evan N'Dicka - Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Pietro Pellegri - Monaco
  • Rondel Pierre-Gabriel - Monaco
  • Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund
  • Ruben Vinagre - Wolves
  • Marcelo Saracchi - RB Leipzig
  • Ismaila Sarr - Rennes
  • Ryan Sessegnon - Fulham
  • Toni Moya - Atletico Madrid
  • Dayton Upamecano - RB Leipzig
  • Federico Valverde - Real Madrid
  • Vinicius Junior - Real Madrid
  • Moussa Wague - Barcelona
  • Timothy Weah - PSG

Who do you think will be crowned the next Golden Boy?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Phil Foden, Diogo Dalot, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Matthijs de Ligt, Christian Pulisic, Kylian Mbappe

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