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De Ligt, Mbappe and the final 2018 Golden Boy rankings

14:00 GMT+3 17/12/2018
Matthijs de Ligt Ajax 2018-19
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...

  • Jonathan Ikone Lille

    #20 Jonathan Ikone

    Age: 20

    Position: Forward

    Club: Lille

  • Kelvin Amian Keita Balde Toulouse Monaco 15092018

    #19 Kelvin Amian

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Toulouse

  • Odsonne Edouard Celtic

    #18 Odsonne Edouard

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: Celtic

  • Josip Brekalo Wolfsburg

    #17 Josip Brekalo

    Age: 20

    Position: Winger

    Club: Wolfsburg

  • Tom Davies Everton

    #16 Tom Davies

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Everton

  • Eder Militao Porto

    #15 Eder Militao

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Porto

  • Diogo Dalot Man Utd

    #14 Diogo Dalot

    Age: 19

    Position: Defender

    Club: Manchester United

  • Kylian Mbappe Red Star PSG Champions League 11122018

    #13 Kylian Mbappe

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Paris Saint-Germain

  • Amadou Haidara Red Bull Salzburg Europa League

    #12 Amadou Haidara

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Red Bull Salzburg

  • Dani Olmo Dinamo Zagreb

    #11 Dani Olmo

    Age: 20

    Position: Attacking midfielder

    Club: Dinamo Zagreb

  • Dayot Upamecano RB Leipzig

    #10 Dayot Upamecano

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: RB Leipzig

  • Phil Foden Manchester City Oxford League Cup 25092018

    #9 Phil Foden

    Age: 18

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Manchester City

  • Achraf Hakimi Borussia Dortmund 2018-19

    #8 Achraf Hakimi

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Borussia Dortmund

  • Gedson Fernandes

    #7 Gedson Fernandes

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Benfica

  • Houssem Aouar Lyon

    #6 Houssem Aouar

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Lyon

  • Vinicius Jr Real Madrid 2018-19

    #5 Vinicius Junior

    Age: 18

    Position: Winger

    Club: Real Madrid

  • Patrick Cutrone Milan

    #4 Patrick Cutrone

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: AC Milan

  • Justin Kluivert Roma 2018-19

    #3 Justin Kluivert

    Age: 19

    Position: Winger

    Club: Roma

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool

    #2 Trent Alexander-Arnold

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Liverpool

  • Matthijs de Ligt Ajax

    #1 Matthijs de Ligt

    Age: 19

    Position: Defender

    Club: Ajax