De Ligt, Mbappe and the final 2018 Golden Boy rankings

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The Ajax defender claimed the annual award for the best youngster in European football, beating off some stiff competition in the process

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt was named the winner of Tuttosport's annual Golden Boy award for the best young player in European football on Monday.

Goal  counts down the top 20 players, with the final list throwing up plenty of surprises...

  1. Jonathan Ikone
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    #20 Jonathan Ikone

    Age: 20

    Position: Forward

    Club: Lille

  2. Kelvin Amian
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    #19 Kelvin Amian

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Toulouse

  3. Odsonne Edouard
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    #18 Odsonne Edouard

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: Celtic

  4. Josip Brekalo
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    #17 Josip Brekalo

    Age: 20

    Position: Winger

    Club: Wolfsburg

  5. Tom Davies
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    #16 Tom Davies

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Everton

  6. Eder Militao
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    #15 Eder Militao

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Porto

  7. Diogo Dalot
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    #14 Diogo Dalot

    Age: 19

    Position: Defender

    Club: Manchester United

  8. Kylian Mbappe
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    #13 Kylian Mbappe

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Paris Saint-Germain

  9. Amadou Haidara
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    #12 Amadou Haidara

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Red Bull Salzburg

  10. Dani Olmo
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    #11 Dani Olmo

    Age: 20

    Position: Attacking midfielder

    Club: Dinamo Zagreb

  11. Dayot Upamecano
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    #10 Dayot Upamecano

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: RB Leipzig

  12. Phil Foden
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    #9 Phil Foden

    Age: 18

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Manchester City

  13. Achraf Hakimi
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    #8 Achraf Hakimi

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Borussia Dortmund

  14. Gedson Fernandes
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    #7 Gedson Fernandes

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Benfica

  15. Houssem Aouar
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    #6 Houssem Aouar

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Lyon

  16. Vinicius Junior
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    #5 Vinicius Junior

    Age: 18

    Position: Winger

    Club: Real Madrid

  17. Patrick Cutrone
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    #4 Patrick Cutrone

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: AC Milan

  18. Justin Kluivert
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    #3 Justin Kluivert

    Age: 19

    Position: Winger

    Club: Roma

  19. Trent Alexander-Arnold
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    #2 Trent Alexander-Arnold

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Liverpool

  20. Matthijs de Ligt
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    #1 Matthijs de Ligt

    Age: 19

    Position: Defender

    Club: Ajax