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...

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    #20 Jonathan Ikone

    Age: 20

    Position: Forward

    Club: Lille

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    #19 Kelvin Amian

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Toulouse

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    #18 Odsonne Edouard

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: Celtic

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    #17 Josip Brekalo

    Age: 20

    Position: Winger

    Club: Wolfsburg

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    #16 Tom Davies

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Everton

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    #15 Eder Militao

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Porto

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    #14 Diogo Dalot

    Age: 19

    Position: Defender

    Club: Manchester United

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    #13 Kylian Mbappe

    Age: 19

    Position: Striker

    Club: Paris Saint-Germain

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    #12 Amadou Haidara

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Red Bull Salzburg

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    #11 Dani Olmo

    Age: 20

    Position: Attacking midfielder

    Club: Dinamo Zagreb

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    #10 Dayot Upamecano

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: RB Leipzig

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    #9 Phil Foden

    Age: 18

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Manchester City

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    #8 Achraf Hakimi

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Borussia Dortmund

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    #7 Gedson Fernandes

    Age: 19

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Benfica

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    #6 Houssem Aouar

    Age: 20

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Lyon

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    #5 Vinicius Junior

    Age: 18

    Position: Winger

    Club: Real Madrid

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    #4 Patrick Cutrone

    Age: 20

    Position: Striker

    Club: AC Milan

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    #3 Justin Kluivert

    Age: 19

    Position: Winger

    Club: Roma

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    #2 Trent Alexander-Arnold

    Age: 20

    Position: Defender

    Club: Liverpool

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    #1 Matthijs de Ligt

    Age: 19

    Position: Defender

    Club: Ajax