2017 Golden Boy Kylian Mbappe
Monday, October 23, 2017
Kylian Mbappe has been crowned the winner of the 2017 European Golden Boy award.
The 18-year-old Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid beat Manchester City starlet Gabriel Jesus and Barcelona youngster Ousmane Dembele to the prestigious gong.
The likes of Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero are all previous winners of the award, which is handed to the best player under the age of 21 in Europe and is voted for by a panel of journalists from across the continent.
Mbappe starred for Monaco last season, scoring 24 goals in all competitions for the Ligue 1 winners.
He joined rival club Paris Saint-Germain in the summer in an initial loan deal, and expected to join the French giants in a permanent £100million-plus move next summer.
The teen star already has four goals and four assists in nine games in PSG colours, and has proven one of the best up-and-coming talents in world football.
He won with 291 votes, beating second-placed Dembele who secured 149 votes, with Man City star Jesus coming in third.
Dembele has suffered a frustrating start to his career at Barcelona following a £135million move from Borussia Dortmund.
The 20-year-old Frenchman got injured in his first LaLiga game for his new club and is now expected back until early 2018.
Meanwhile, Jesus has been in sparkling form for Man City – 20-year-old Brazilian scoring ten goals in 16 games this season.