Marcus Rashford's placing in Golden Boy nominations has caused confusion

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You wouldn't have to have followed European football very closely to have predicted Kylian Mbappe winning the Golden Boy award.

The prestigious accolade recognises the most talented players under the age of 21.

It's fair to say the PSG new boy was a shoe-in thanks to his 15 league goals that helped AS Monaco to the title last season.

Since moving to the French capital, he's kept up his impressive form with six goals and five assists for the Parisians.

Although he struggled in the 2-2 draw against Marseille, he's generally adapted to playing alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani pretty nicely. With the superstar pair engaging in a very public feud, Mbappe has simply got his head down and focused on performing.

So, while it was clear that the 18-year-old would come first, second and third place were still up for grabs.

Ousmane Dembele, who himself bagged a big move this summer when he joined Barcelona in a club record deal, was ultimately named runner-up.

Third appears to have gone to Marcus Rashford, though as the Independent have pointed out, there's a little confusion as to why.

When the three finalists were announced, the Manchester United teenager just missed out to Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus. 

Jesus deserved recognition 

Tuttosport, who decide the award, revealed that the young England international had earned 76 votes to the Brazilian wonderkid's 72. So, the former Palmeiras starlet initially came above his rival, but then received fewer votes. 

Jesus may feel a little hard done by, as he has been a phenomenon in the Premier League. Despite his injuries since moving to England in January, he's still scored 13 goals in 18 games. 


Rashford, of course, continues to impress, but his second season at Old Trafford was not quite so inspiring as his first.

Since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, he has found himself playing out wide and vying with Anthony Martial for a starting spot.

Jesus ultimately came fourth, with AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma in fifth and Dortmund's Christian Pulisic in sixth.

That said, winning Golden Boy isn't necessarily a marker for future success.

Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, and Sergio Aguero all picked it up in their younger years, but last year's winner Renato Sanches hasn't exactly reached great heights, starting just six times for Bayern Munich before being loaned out to Swansea.

Who's more promising - Rashford or Jesus? Have your say in the comments. 

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