Golden Boy Award: De Ligt, Alexander Arnold Named In Best 5, Mbappe Snubbed
Golden boy award – The final five-man shortlist for the 2018 edition of the award has been revealed, with initial favourite Kylian Mbappe somewhat surprisingly being snubbed.
Mbappe, who won the prize last year, was initially the clear favourite after impressing for Paris Saint-Germain and at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
On Tuesday, Tuttosport announced the final five nominees for the 2018 award, which will be handed out on 17 December.
However, he did not make the final five for this year’s accolade. Instead, one of Vinicius Junior, Justin Kluivert, Matthis de Ligt, Patrick Cutrone and Trent Alexander-Arnold will claim the 16th Golden Boy award this year.
Each journalist had five votes, giving their favourite 10 points, second place was seven, third five, fourth three and fifth just one point. All points are then added up to calculate the winner, who must be born after 1 January 1998.