Sancho, De Ligt, Vinicius and the 2019 Golden Boy nominees

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The countdown to Tuttosport naming the best young player on the planet has begun, with a number of household names among those in the running

The longlist of nominees for the 2019 Golden Boy has been released, with the 100 best young players on the planet vying it out for the ultimate award.

The prize, which is distributed by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, rewards the most impressive player aged under the age of 21 to be playing in a European top tier in each calendar year.

Previous winners include Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, with the 2018 award picked up by Matthijs de Ligt.

The Ajax defender is back in the running 12 months on, but has some tough competition if he is to retain the title.

Check out all the nominees below...

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    Yacine Adli

    Age: 18

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Bordeaux

     

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    Domenico Alberico

    Age: 20

    Position: Winger

    Club: Hoffenheim

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    Ethan Ampadu

    Age: 18

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Chelsea

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    Angel Gomes

    Age: 18

    Position: Attacking midfielder

    Club: Manchester United

     

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    Alessandro Bastoni

    Age: 18

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Inter

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    Keanan Bennetts

    Age: 20

    Position: Winger

    Club: Borussia Monchengladbach

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    Indy Boonen

    Age: 20

    Position: Winger

    Club: Oostende

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    Brahim Diaz

    Age: 19

    Position: Winger

    Club: Real Madrid

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    Rhian Brewster

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Liverpool

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    Lazar Carevic

    Age: 20

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Club: Barcelona

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    Davide Castelli

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Villarreal

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    Tahith Chong

    Age: 19

    Position: Winger

    Club: Manchester United

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    David Colina

    Age: 18

    Position: Left-back

    Club: Monaco

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    Michael Cuisance

    Age: 19

    Position: Central midfielder

    Club: Borussia Monchengladbach

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    Hannes Delcroix

    Age: 20

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Anderlecht

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    Matthijs de Ligt

    Age: 19

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Ajax

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    Moussa Diaby

    Age: 19

    Position: Winger

    Club: Bayer Leverkusen

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    Krepin Diatta

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Club Brugge

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    Diogo Dalot

    Age: 20

    Position: Right-back

    Club: Manchester United

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    Diogo Queiros

    Age: 20

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Porto

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    Gianluigi Donnarumma

    Age: 20

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Club: AC Milan

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    Jurgen Ekkelenkamp

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Ajax

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    Florentino

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Benfica

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    Phil Foden

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Manchester City

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    Fran Beltran

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Celta Vigo

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    Benjamin Garre

    Age: 18

    Position: Winger

    Club: Manchester City

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    Gedson Fernandes

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Benfica

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    Lutsharel Geertruida

    Age: 18

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Feyenoord

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    Willem Geubbels

    Age: 17

    Position: Winger

    Club: Monaco

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    Morgan Gibbs-White

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Wolves

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    Charlie Gilmour

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Arsenal

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    Lorenzo Gonzalez

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Manchester City

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    Amine Gouiri

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Lyon

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    Kamil Grabara

    Age: 20

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Club: Liverpool

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    Marc Guehi

    Age: 18

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Chelsea

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    Matteo Guendouzi

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Arsenal

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    Erling Braut Haaland

    Age: Striker

    Position: Striker

    Club: RB Salzburg

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    Kai Havertz

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Bayer Leverkusen

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    Cucho Hernandez

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: Watford

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    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Age: 18

    Position: Winger

    Club: Chelsea

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    Alexander Isak

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Real Sociedad

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    Victor Jensen

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Ajax

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    Joao Felix

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Cliub: Benfica

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    Jota

    Age: 20

    Position: Winger

    Club: Benfica

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    Dejan Joveljic

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Eintracht Frankfurt

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    Boubacar Kamara

    Age: 19

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Marseille

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    Moise Kean

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Juventus

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    Justin Kluivert

    Age: 20

    Position: Winger

    Club: Roma

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    Sekou Koita

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: RB Salzburg

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    Alban Lafont

    Age: 20

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Club: Fiorentina

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    Diego Lainez

    Age: 19

    Position: Winger

    Club: Real Betis

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    Leandro Fernandes

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Juventus

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    Lee Kang-in

    Age: 18

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Valencia

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    Andriy Lunin

    Age: 20

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Club: Real Madrid

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    Arne Maier

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Hertha Berlin

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    Manu Morlanes

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Villarreal

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    Mauro Junior

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: PSV

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    Jordi Mboula

    Age: 20

    Position: Winger

    Club: Monaco

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    Mesaque Dju

    Age: 20

    Position: Winger

    Club: West Ham

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    Mason Mount

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Chelsea

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    Nehuen Perez

    Age: 18

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Atletico Madrid

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    Reiss Nelson

    Age: 19

    Position: Winger

    Club: Arsenal

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    Eddie Nketiah

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: Arsenal

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    Stanley N'Soki

    Age: 20

    Position: Left-back

    Club: Paris Saint-Germain

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    Tashan Oakley-Boothe

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Tottenham

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    Abdulkadir Omur

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Trabzonspor

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    Paulinho

    Age: 18

    Position: Winger

    Club: Bayer Leverkusen

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    Strahinja Pavlovic

    Age: 18

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Partizan

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    Pietro Pellegri

    Age: 18

    Position: Striker

    Club: Monaco

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    Luca Pellegrini

    Age: 20

    Position: Left-back

    Club: Roma

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    Andrea Pinamonti

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: Inter

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    Alessandro Plizzari

    Age: 19

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Club: AC Milan

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    Domingos Quina

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Watford

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    Rafael Leao

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: Lille

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    Riqui Puig

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Barcelona

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    Rodrygo

    Age: 18

    Position: Winger

    Club: Real Madrid

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    Maximiliano Romero

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: PSV

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    Jadon Sancho

    Age: 19

    Position: Winger

    Club: Borussia Dortmund

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    Malang Sarr

    Age: 20

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Nice

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    Gianluca Scamacca

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: Sassuolo

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    Nicolas Schiappacasse

    Age: 20

    Position: Winger

    Club: Parma

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    Luis Sinisterra

    Age: 19

    Position: Winger

    Club: Feyenoord

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    Oliver Skipp

    Age: 18

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Tottenham

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    Boubakary Soumare

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Lille

  85. Antonis Stergiakis

    Age: 20

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Club: Slavia Sofia

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    Dujon Sterling

    Age: 19

    Position: Right-back

    Club: Chelsea

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    Mile Svilar

    Age: 19

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Club: Benfica

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    Moussa Sylla

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Monaco

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    Sandro Tonali

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Brescia

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    Hamed Traore

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Empoli

  91. Ikouwem Udo

    Age: 19

    Position: Left-back

    Club: Maccabi Haifa

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    Vinicius Junior

    Age: 18

    Position: Winger

    Club: Real Madrid

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    Dusan Vlahovic

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Fiorentina

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    Sebastian Walukiewicz

    Age: 19

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Cagliari

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    Timothy Weah

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Paris Saint-Germain

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    Joe Willock

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Arsenal

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    Ben Woodburn

    Age: 19

    Position: Winger

    Club: Liverpool

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    Dan-Axel Zagadou

    Age: 20

    Position: Centre-back

    Club: Borussia Dortmund

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    Nicolo Zaniolo

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Roma

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    Ze Gomes

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

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