The Golden Boy shortlist has been cut from 24 to the final three


The winner of the Golden Boy award is set to be announced on Monday.

Voted for by journalists across Europe, the shortlist of 24 of the most talented youngsters in world football has been whittled down to the final three.

Now on loan at Swansea, Renato Sanches won the award last year and joined an illustrious list of players in doing so.

The 20-year-old Portuguese EURO 2016 star failed to make an impact in his first season at Bayern Munich and has been given the opportunity to shine in the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney, Leo Messi, Sergio Aguero, Isco, Paul Pogba and Cesc Fabregas are just some of the players to have won it in recent years.

Anderson famously won the award in 2008 but his career did not turn into quite the roaring success that many had hoped for.

24 cut to 3

The 24-man shortlist has been whittled down to the final three and few will argue that this trio aren't the most exciting three youngsters in world football.


PSG's Kylian Mbappe, Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele and Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus are the three up for the award.

Mbappe, still only 18, has enjoyed an excellent start to life at Paris-Saint Germain following his incredible breakthrough season at Monaco.

The teenage goalscoring sensation already has eight caps for France and will likely feature at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Looking to replace Neymar, Barcelona splashed out over €100m on Dembele over the summer.


Aged 20, Borussia Dortmund had signed the supremely talented youngster from Rennes for €15m in the summer of 2016.

The skilful French winger may not play again this year after suffering a long-term injury in his first La Liga start.

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has been a revelation since joining from Palmeiras in January 2017.

The young Brazilian star has carried his excellent form into the 2017/18 campaign and already has six Premier League goals to his name in just seven appearances.


Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford finished as runner-up in last year’s competition but failed to make the final three in 2017.

Still only 19, Rashford - who is enjoying a fine start to the season under Jose Mourinho - will be able to compete next year as well.

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